Clashes, road accidents mar French partying | 2018-07-17 |

Clashes, road accidents mar French partying

Afp, Paris     17 July, 2018 12:00 AM printer

Clashes, road accidents mar French partying

This picture taken from the top of the Arch of Triumph (Arc de Triomphe) on Sunday, shows people celebrating after France won their FIFA World Cup 2018 final against Croatia, on the Champs-Elysees avenue in Paris. –AFP Photo

Dozens of youths shattered windows at a popular store on the Champs Elysees avenue Sunday while hundreds of thousands of fans celebrated France’s World Cup victory, according to an AFP journalist at the scene.

About 30 people, many wearing ski masks, broke into the Publicis Drugstore and later left with bottles of wine and champagne, some smiling and filming themselves with cellphones.

Some also threw objects including bottles and chairs at police forces who responded with tear gas.

“That’s not how you celebrate,” a tearful bystander wearing a French team jersey said.

As the hundreds of thousands of revellers gradually left the famous avenue, police used water cannon to disperse remaining troublemakers at around 11:30 pm.

Elsewhere in France, authorities said clashes erupted in the southern city of Lyon between police and about 100 youths who had climbed on top of a police vehicle at an open-air showing of the match in the city centre.

Police fired tear gas to disperse the youths who responded by throwing objects and setting rubbish bins on fire, with the unrest causing some stampeding.

Ten people were arrested in Marseille, where two members of the security forces were injured in clashes, a police spokesman said.