February 2, 2023
The Frenchwoman is greeted by 20,000 fans in Paris

The Frenchwoman is greeted by 20,000 fans in Paris

after a final loss World Cup 2022 To Argentina on penalties, the French national team was greeted by a crowd in Paris tonight.

The players were greeted like heroes by some 20,000 fans at the Place de la Concorde in Paris.

At around 21:30, local time (5:30 am Brasilian time), Didier Deschamps appeared on the balcony of the Crillon Hotel and were cheered on by a crowd who had been waiting for them for hours – some fans said they waited for 6 hours, on a cold winter’s night. .

The crowd chanted “Mercy, les pleuse (Thank you, bleue)”, which Marseillaise also sang over and over in chorus to the players who waved from the balcony.

“Thank you for everything and thanks in spite of everything” was the message of support the fans wanted to pass on to the players.

According to BFMTV commentators, this enthusiastic reception came as a surprise. They said that if the final was not in dispute, the fans probably wouldn’t have much appreciation for this team. “France has become a football country,” they said.

Security was handled by 1,940 police officers. Olivier Giroud, Antoine Griezmann and Aurelien Choameni were among the liveliest. The players stayed just over 30 minutes on the balconies.

Conflicting information

In 2006, when France lost the World Cup Final to Italy, the players went to greet the French fans on the balconies of the Crillon Hotel itself. But today’s event was not confirmed until a few hours ago.

During the day, the information was conflicting🇧🇷 If the French Football Federation (FFF) said that there would be a meeting with the fans in the Place de la Concorde, at the beginning of the Champs-Elysées, then the president of the Federation, Noel Le Graet, said the opposite in an interview. with BFMTV.

“The players are in a hurry to go home,” Le Graet explained. “When we don’t win, we are not ready, at least they are, to go for a walk on the Champs-Elysées or anywhere else. They have been out of the country for more than a month and we are satisfied. As soon as possible,” said Le Graet, Monday afternoon.

Deshan’s future

And while France pays tribute to the country, she wants to know: Will Didier Deschamps continue as coach of the French national team?

Asked about the matter after the final, the coach refused to say whether or not he would stay. “Even if it were the opposite outcome, I wouldn’t have given you the answer. Obviously, I’m very sorry for the players and my team. I have an appointment with my boss at the beginning of the year and you’ll know,” he replied to a reporter.

For his part, Noel Le Graet, president of the French Football Federation, warned that he would discuss “quickly” the future of Didier Deschamps at the helm of the team.

Audience record

The 2022 World Cup Final was watched by 24.08 million people on the open TV channel broadcasting the matches in France, TF1.

On Monday, the channel said it was a “historic record” for French television. There have never been so many people to watch a televised event in the country’s history.