And in London, the Piccadilly line station Southgate was given a temporary makeover and rebranded Gareth Southgate in honour of the England manager who took the team to its first World Cup semi-final since 1990.
The football-loving 40-year-old leapt to his feet to celebrate France's goals as he attended the game in Moscow alongside Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Croatian counterpart Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic. "That's what makes France handsome", said the team's talisman Paul Pogba, before Sunday's final.
The changes represent "winks" to the team, Paris transport operator RATP said Monday.
Their World Cup squad had an average age of just over 26 and they have an abundance of world-class players but the way the team negotiated the tournament with intelligence and fortitude gives even greater cause for optimism for the future. Numerous players grew up in the disadvantaged suburbs of Paris.
The crowd that waited for hours to greet the soccer team, under a hot sun and amid celebratory smoke bombs that choked the air, got its moment hours after the team returned from Russian Federation to hoist the gold trophy on French soil for the second time in 20 years. Players threw scarves into the crowd and recorded the action.
Winning the soccer World Cup has turned the French, long-time pessimists, into optimists, but has not boosted President Emmanuel Macron's popularity, a survey showed on Tuesday.
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I can decide if I want to stay or go, but Chelsea will make the final decision - if they want to let me go, " Hazard submitted. He is at the best moment of his career.
The team appeared elated, too, during its victory lap on the bus today.
After overcoming a determined Croatia to win 4-2 in Sunday's final in Russian Federation, the team came back to euphoric crowds in Paris hoping to catch a glimpse of the players that have captured the nation's imagination.
The team's appearance on the Champs-Elysees will be followed by a reception at the presidential palace.
Few things can bring a nation together quite like a World Cup success, as highlighted by Les Bleus' triumphant return to Paris on Monday. For example, the Victor Hugo station has become Victor Hugo Lloris and the Champs-Elysees Clemenceau stop has been dubbed he Deschamps-Elysees Clemenceau after coach Didier Deschamps.
Now he's announcing that not only will his paycheck go to the charity, but also his bonus, which all players earned as a result of making it to the knockout round.