France celebrates World Cup victory

from CBC.ca archives | Sun, 12 Jul 1998

France exploded into a giant street party Sunday night. The entire country celebrated a stunning 3-0 victory over Brazil in the World Cup final.

An estimated one million people packed the Champs Elysees in Paris, chanting, singing and dancing in a sea of French flags. It was France's biggest patriotic celebration since its liberation from Nazi occupation in the World War II.

The party was marred, however, by an accident on the Champs-Elysees. An apparently panicked driver careened out of control and plowed into a crowd, injuring 80 people, 11 seriously.

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