Celebrations in France turned tragic on Sunday after the country erupted into riots following the Blue Team’s win at the World Cup.
Team France has been crowned the victor after beating Croatia 4-2 to win this year’s World Cup. And while winning the international soccer championship is sure to bring the country fame and pride, it also brought the country an outbreak of rioting that has left Paris’s famous Champs-Élysées avenue in shambles.
According to the Irish Mirror, 292 people have been arrested since rioting began following France’s World Cup win. Storefronts were smashed with bricks as looters stole from trendy clothiers that lined the streets. One Nike store, in particular, remained closed on Monday after riot police were called to disperse crowds that were waiting to get their hands on a new t-shirt that celebrates France’s World Cup victory.
"Rioting broke out soon after midnight as large crowds refused to disperse," said one source with the Parisian police force. "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."
The French Interior Ministry has reported that 102 people have been arrested with 92 taken to cells. Two deaths have so far been reported, but neither were directly related to the rioting.
However, even as rioters get away with vandalism and theft, city officials vow to see justice done in their fair city. “Given the crowd present and despite unacceptable disorder, we have recorded a measured balance sheet,” said Paris Police Prefect Michel Delpuech.
The Nike store on the Champs-Élysées will remain closed on Monday after officers fired tear gas to disperse the crowd. The store is now scheduled to open Tuesday to assist revelers with all their commemorative t-shirt needs.
Paris Police remain on standby as their team returns from Russia later on Monday.
Of the two deaths reported, one was a 50-year-old man who partied a little too hard after the French victory. He fell into a canal and broke his neck. The other was a 30-year-old male who couldn’t contain his joy after 90 minutes of play. The only problem was he was driving his car at the time and crashed into a tree.