Riots break out in Paris after World Cup win

NZ Herald,
Publish Date
Monday, 16 July 2018, 11:23a.m.
Riots have erupted in France after World Cup win. (Photo / Paul Carcenac Twitter)
Riots have erupted in France after World Cup win. (Photo / Paul Carcenac Twitter)

An incredible World Cup final win for France has turned into chaos with riots and looting in Paris.

A group of young people have been seen attacking police, destroying furniture and setting fires in rubbish bins.

A bar has been vandalised while 30 people caused damage and stole goods from a shop in the Champs-Elysées, where thousands are celebrating their Fifa victory, the Sunday Express reports.

The riots originated from the famous Arc de Triomphe and spread across other parts of the French capital.

Fifa has reported the deployment of armed forces.

TVNZ journalist Joy Reid says that riot police are getting serious and are using water cannons to disperse the crowd.

Tear gas has also been used to control the crowd.

Le Figaro journalist Paul Carcenac tweeted: "Clashes between thugs who throw bottles and CRS. People flee through the adjacent streets."

Another Le Figaro journalist reported someone had thrown an empty glass bottle at a family.

A mayor in Paris, Jeanne d'Hauteserre, was disappointed, saying, "The party is ruined because of a handful of thugs".

Others on Twitter expressed how downhearted they were about the riots.

Ashley Bullard tweeted: "Sad to hear reports of looting, riot police being called in and tear gas being fired in Paris following France's World Cup win."

Another Twitter user said: "The French ppl are so happy about winning that they set fire to cars, starts riots and celebrate with throwing stones at the police and firefighters."

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