Two French football fans have died after France’s World Cup final celebrations took a violent turn, descending into riots.
In the city of Aneccy, a 50-year-old fan from broke his neck after jumping into a canal as the referee’s final whistle confirmed France’s 4-2 victory over Croatia.
Meanhwhile in Saint-Felix, another fan in his thirties died after his car crashed into a tree.
In Frouard, near Nancy, three children were also seriously injured after being hit by a motorbike which then fled the scene.
The rioting and looting began after large crowds refused to disperse after midnight. The CRS riot police were called upon to keep crowds in check.
Thousands of police were pre-emptively deployed across Paris in the case of France winning their first World Cup in twenty years.
Fans clashed with the riot police, leading them to shut down all public transport links in the city and local trains.
Violence was also prominent in Lyon, where hundreds of young fans reportedly attacked cars and set fire to wheelie bins.