Paris, July 16 : President Emmanuel Macron, who cheered from the stadium after France’s victory in the 2018 FIFA World Cup, will hold a reception ceremony on Monday for the national football team at his Elysee Palace official residence to celebrate their win.
Macron’s undying love for football and his team was evident from the way he cheered from the stadium, got drenched in the rain on the pitch, then attempted to “dab” with the players in the changing room Sunday after France’s victory in the World Cup.
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.
The world cup champions, also known among fans as “Les Bleus”, will arrive at Charles de Gaulle Airport north of Paris at around 3.30 p.m., reports Efe news.
The group will then move along the Champs-Elysees on a bus before meeting Macron at the Elysee Palacer.
The French president and his wife Brigitte Macron, who watched the world cup final on Sunday at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, will hold a reception ceremony in honour of the team in the gardens of their residence.
Families of the players will be invited to the ceremony along with more than 1,000 children, 300 athletes and members of the football clubs for which the teammates play, according to a statement from the presidential office.
To guarantee the security of the parade on the Champs Elysees, the police announced a special deployment of 2,000 officers and armed security guards in the capital, and added that more details on the security protocols will be provided on Monday morning.
Over the weekend, authorities deployed over 4,000 security officers in the Compo de Marte area in Paris, where more than 90,000 fan gathered to watch to game, and another 12,000 officers across the capital.
France beat Croatia 4-2 at the finals on Sunday. This is the second World Cup win for the French team.