Two French Fans Die After Violence Erupts In Aftermath Of World Cup Win
Two French football fans have died after violence broke in the country following France's World Cup victory.
Shocking footage has been shared on social media showing fans kicking off in central Paris last night, where there were reports of looting and fans clashing with police.
Cops were forced to break out the tear gas and water cannons in attempts to get the mobs of people under control and the Champs Elysees was still locked down earlier this morning.
Around 350-miles away in Annecy, a man broke his neck after jumping into a canal while celebrating his side's 4-2 win over Croatia in Russia. The man, aged 50, died following the jump, the Mirror reports.
In Saint-Felix another man was killed after his car crashed into a tree after he celebrated his country's win. The man was reportedly in his 30s.
Alongside the deaths, scenes of carnage took place in Paris.
A police source in the capital told the paper: "Rioting broke out soon after midnight as large crowds refused to disperse.
"Shops including the Publicis Drugstore close to the Arc de Triomphe were ransacked. Windows were smashed and officers who intervened were attacked.
"There have been scenes of absolute chaos that have spoiled the party."
Some rioters were reported to have been throwing objects at the cops and others let off flares.
The violence got so bad, authorities closed down all transport links, including trains and the city's Metro.
Fans had gathered earlier in the day near the Eiffel Tower to watch the game on large screens, before things turned ugly after the team won.
As well as Paris, cops in Lyon also reported 'minor crowd trouble' with bins set on fire and cars smashed up.
Paris is insane right now. Smoke bombs, fireworks and restaurants are bringing all their tables inside as they prepare for potential post game riots- Matthew Bové (@Matt_Bove) July 15, 2018
I thought Paris would be the place to be tonight, looks like it's not though as there's now riots breaking out as shops are being looted and fights with the police break out, why can't some people just be happy and celebrate an amazing moment for their country.- MR DT :copyright: (@MrDtAFC) July 15, 2018
In Frouard, two children - a six-year-old girl and a three-year-old boy - were reported to have been left seriously injured after they were hit by a motorbike which then drove away from the scene.
Over in Moscow, French President Emmanuel Macron was pictured celebrating the win.
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