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In Pictures: France goes wild as Les Bleus reach World Cup final

French fans celebrated in the streets of towns and cities across the country on Tuesday evening as their team reached the World Cup final after a 1-0 victory over Belgium. Here are some of the best pics and videos.

The French national anthem La Marseillaise, chants of "We're in the final" and a cacophony of car horns and fire crackers rang out over Paris on Tuesday as residents in the capital celebrated France's march to the World Cup final.

A crowd of 20,000 gathered to watch Dider Deschamps' team beat Belgium 1-0 in their semi-final in Saint Petersburg on a giant screen at Paris' historic Hotel de Ville, or town hall.

With viewing space at a premium every vantage spot was occupied — with fans perched on trees, on top of vans, on dustbins and bus shelters.

Samuel Umtiti's decisive goal in the 52nd minute triggered the waving of a sea of tricolors, ecstatic fans many in the national team's colours kissed and hugged and danced.

The Rue de Rivoli, normally choc-a-bloc with traffic, became a temporary pedestrian zone as crowds made their way along it past the Louvre to the Champs-Elysees, where 20 years earlier Paris had gathered to celebrate France's World Cup win on home soil.

France is having a massive party right now. And just in case you miss it there will probably be another one on Sunday. pic.twitter.com/IIizrba0fO

— The Local France (@TheLocalFrance) July 10, 2018

France fans have in their droves taken to the Champs-Élysées this evening, with the country's national team now in the World Cup final. pic.twitter.com/eQIb6yN4FS

— Get French Football News (@GFFN) July 10, 2018

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