FIFA boss Gianni Infantino had invited the boys' Wild Boars football team to Sunday's World Cup final last week. In a fan zone outside City Hall on the banks of the River Seine, jubilant supporters embraced and lit smoke flares.
After winning a domestic treble with PSG, 19-year-old Mbappe is spearheading his country's bid for World Cup glory in Russian Federation. That evenness is why France is the team to beat in the mind of Jeffrey Marcus, publisher of the World Cup newsletter "The Banter". Mbappe scored two goals in that match and cemented himself as one of the tournament's best players and soccer's budding stars. The partying was marred by clashes between riot police and mobs on the iconic Champs Elysees avenue. England has been craving a top title since it won the World Cup in 1966 and has a tremendous, unforseen opportunity ahead, with the weight of its country on its shoulders.
Pogba, 25, was instrumental in the semi-final win in St Petersburg, as Samuel Umtiti's goal in the 51st minute put the 1998 champions in the World Cup final against the victor of Croatia and England. "Our unfortunate Belgian cousins were just not quite good enough".
"We are not thinking about it", he said.
And he says England fans will not care who wins, because they believe football is coming home.
"I feel ill", said Denis Backaert, 34, after watching France prevail 1-0 in the tightest of semi-final encounters between two sharp sides in St. Petersburg.
France's players danced on the field after the final whistle and their fans sang in the stands long past the end of the match, surrounded by yellow-clad security.
Asked what Macron, who had been in the stands, said, he replied: "He said he would come back for the final, to see us with the Cup".