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Millions take to the streets to celebrate France's World Cup win

Amid the revelry, small minority clash with police and loot stores

Celebrations further marred by two reported fatalities

CNN —  

As the heavens opened in Russia and torrential rain lashed down upon the triumphant French team, millions took to the streets of Paris in celebration.

Twenty years on from exploits of the “Rainbow team,” whose victory on home soil united a nation, Les Bleus had once again won the World Cup.

Fifteen members of France’s 23-man squad are of African descent, prompting goalscorer Antoine Griezmann to say: “That’s the France we love. Different origins but we are all united.”

Some 100,000 gathered at the foot of the Eiffel Tower to take in the action on big screens on Sunday. Once victory had been confirmed — courtesy of a