Armed police clampdown on French fans after World Cup final loss to Argentina

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    Chaos unravelled on the streets of Paris following France's penalty shoot-out defeat in the World Cup Final against Argentina where armed police used tear gas on crowds.

    The likes of Paris, Lyon, and Nice were filled with French fans after the gruelling loss where flares were lit up and fireworks exploded, The Sun reported.

    While the mood in France was of anger and despondence, it was just the opposite in Madrid, as Argentinian fans came out in the masses to celebrate in the Spanish capital for their first World Cup win since 1986.

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    Fans in the famous white and blue strip were pictured in Madrid's main square, enjoying the moment after a back-and-forth final that Argentina won on penalties.

    However, back in France, the mood soon turned violent as fights with police began to break out with pictures of armed officers striking fans with batons seen.

    It was a huge undertaking for France's police force with around 14,000 officers sent out across the country for security before the match had begun.

    Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin was presented with the security operation publicly on Friday as a win for France would have guaranteed a massive public crowd for a celebration.

    The Champs-Elysées was sealed off by police in anticipation of the public coming out in spades to celebrate what would have been a remarkable feat in winning back-to-back World Cup's.

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    However, a heart-breaking defeat for France meant crowds quickly scampered from the Champs-Elysées in order to deal with the loss that has broken dreams of consecutive victories in the biggest sports tournament in the world.

    Oscar Schuman, 18, said despite the loss, he is "proud".

    "I'm completely heart-broken, I'm more proud than anything else.

    "It was a battle of the gods. This game, I went through every emotion."


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