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A Day in the Life of the World Cup Champions

To the victor go the spoils.

Most of us dread the arrival of Monday after an epic weekend. But Parisians, coming off Saturday's Bastille Day and Sunday's victory over Croatia in the World Cup final, kept the party right on going as millions took to the streets to give the 2018 champions a well-deserved hero's welcome. Here, a look at the French team's special day, from beginning to end.

EARLY DEPARTURE ALEXANDER NEMENOV/AFP/Getty Images EARLY DEPARTURE Even national heroes wheel their own luggage. BOARDING PARTY ALEXANDER NEMENOV/AFP/Getty Images BOARDING PARTY French fans turned up at the airport for a morning send off. CUSTOMS ALEXANDER NEMENOV/AFP/Getty Images CUSTOMS Ok, so it's not all glamorous, as Antoine Griezmann learns at passport control in Moscow's Sheremetyevo Airport.

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SHOW OF HANDS Baptiste Fernandez/Icon Sport via Getty Images SHOW OF HANDS Ousmane Dembele, Antoine Griezmann, and Samuel Umtiti acknowledge the adoring crowd. ANY MINUTE NOW ZAKARIA ABDELKAFI/AFP/Getty Images ANY MINUTE NOW It was standing room only along Paris' famed Champs Elysees. FLY PATTERN Stephane Cardinale - Corbis via Getty Images FLY PATTERN Patrouille De France jets provided a stunning display for the crowd.
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France Victory Celebration - FIFA World Cup 2018
GEOFFROY VAN DER HASSELT/AFP; Dave Winter/Icon Sport via Getty Images DOUBLE DECKED-OUT ERIC FEFERBERG/AFP/Getty Images DOUBLE DECKED-OUT The bigger the victory, the bigger the bus. PUFFING SMOKE BERTRAND GUAY/AFP/Getty Images PUFFING SMOKE France's bus arrives to a raucous scene. PICTURE PERFECT ERIC FEFERBERG/AFP/Getty Images PICTURE PERFECT The day's biggest commodity for French players? Battery life. WRITING ON THE WALL ERIC FEFERBERG/AFP/Getty Images WRITING ON THE WALL "Champions Du Monde" (World Champions) adorns the side of the bus.
France's World Cup Winning Team Parade Down The Champs Elysee
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Owen Franken - Corbis; GEOFFROY VAN DER HASSELT/AFP/Getty Images TROPHY LIFE ERIC FEFERBERG/AFP/Getty Images TROPHY LIFE Raphael Varane raises the hardware for the crowd. MAKING THE TURN BERTRAND GUAY/AFP/Getty Images MAKING THE TURN After the Champs Elysees, it was on to the Presidential Palace. ALL SMILES Xavier Laine/Getty Images ALL SMILES You can never have enough photos with the president. NOT SO FAST! LIONEL BONAVENTURE/AFP/Getty Images NOT SO FAST! Paul Pogba isn't letting the trophy out of his sight — even around First Lady Brigitte Macron. SHOW STEALER LUDOVIC MARIN/AFP/Getty Images SHOW STEALER Paul Pogba temporarily takes over as MC to the delight of President Macron. TWO THUMBS UP LIONEL BONAVENTURE/AFP/Getty Images TWO THUMBS UP The president and France coach Didier Deschamps pose for a picture. TOP SHELF LUDOVIC MARIN/AFP/Getty Images TOP SHELF Royalty always gets a palace balcony photo op. World Cup hero Kylian Mbappe is no exception.



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