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World Cup party on streets

Elated French fans burst out of bars and into the streets of Montreal on Sunday, as a celebration of their soccer team's World Cup victory turned into an joyful dance party.

Police moved quickly to close off several blocks of St-Laurent Boulevard to cars as hundreds of fans, many draped in French flags and sporting red, white and blue face paint, danced in the streets to celebrate France's 4-2 victory over Croatia.

An overturned garbage can was turned into an impromptu drum and a white Volkswagen Golf — doors open and radio blaring — became a boom box, as fans spilled out of bar L'Barouf in the Plateau-Mont Royal neighbourhood, which was draped with a two-storey-tall French flag for the occasion.

One fan fired red, white and blue smoke into the air, which quickly engulfed the ecstatic, sweaty crowd.

"We did it!" exclaimed Samuel Florant, in between dances and impromptu renditions of the French anthem, "La Marseillaise."

"We were kind of scared because Croatia had a great World Cup, but we did it!" he said.

"We are very proud, we love the French, the French team, the French country, the French people — everything is great," said another fan, Chris Boilah.

Boilah, who's from the south of France, cited Kylian Mbappe's goal in the 65th minute that put France up 4-1 as the moment when he knew his team would win.

"When we have four, it's complete, it's the winning time," he said.

Soccer fans across Canada packed into bars, parks and living rooms to watch the thrilling, six-goal final.



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