France, Morocco fans clash with police in Paris after World Cup win
French police fired tear gas on the Champs Elysees in Paris as fans were celebrating victories by France and Morocco in the World Cup, sending them to the tournament’s semi-finals.
Thousands of supporters had filled the famous Parisian avenue soon after the match between Morocco and Portugal, chanting, waving flags and honking their horns amid large police deployment. More joined them after France's win against England.
TV footage showed people smashing shop ventures and fights with police. Some fires could also be seen on avenue de Friedland close to the Champs Elysees.
Morocco wrote World Cup history on Saturday night as the first African and Arab country to reach the tournament’s semi-finals, continuing their surprise run in Qatar with a shock 1-0 victory over the highly fancied Portugal.
Photographs from central Paris appeared to show several fires, as well as police with riot shields facing off against protestors with fireworks and flares.
Local media also reported that some projectiles were thrown at police by angry fans. Items being hurled included large pieces of wood and stones.
Several stores on the Champs Elysees had already been bordered up in anticipation of the night's festivities.
Several motorcycles were pictured on fire, and flames could also be seen on avenue de Friedland close to the Champs Elysees.
As clashes turned increasingly heated, videos on social media appeared to show some fans being kicked and hit with batons by police. Shattering glass could also be heard in the background of the videos.
On Friday, French authorities announced that more than 1,200 officers would be mobilised in order to deal with any disorder in the aftermath of the matches.