Riots Erupt After France Loses to Argentina in FIFA World Cup

19 December, 2022 | Pranay Lad

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Messi-led Argentina overcame France 4-2 on penalties to win the World Cup for the third time. Mbappe earned the Golden Boot, and Messi brought home the Golden Ball.

Following France’s loss to Argentine in the FIFA World Cup final on Sunday, some people were detained for rioting and engaging in physical altercations with police in Paris. The streets of the French capital were patrolled by thousands of officers Friday night.

As supporters continued to throw firecrackers at law enforcement on the Champs-Elysees in Paris, authorities reportedly deployed tear gas to disperse them. After the police began detaining belligerent protestors, some of them even engaged in physical altercations with them.

Even before the World Cup final began, people were swarming the Champs-Elysees. At the scene and close to the Arc de Triomphe, police blocked traffic. Thousands of police officers were on patrol in Paris when France lost the championship, and chaos ensued.

After a 3-3 draw in overtime, Lionel Messi-led Argentina overcame France 4-2 on penalties to win the World Cup for the third time. While Kylian Mbappe of France earned the Golden Boot for his eight goals in the competition, Messi brought home the Golden Ball.

Earlier, when France’s football team lost the tense FIFA World Cup final, French President Emmanuel Macron consoled the team, who were clearly inconsolable. After the heartbreaking loss in a nail-biting penalty shootout, Macron was seen comforting all the players. The final score was 4-2.

“Congratulations to the French team on a successful career and aggressive World Cup play. The country and your admirers all across the world are in awe of you. I congratulate Argentina on their success “He tweeted shortly after France was defeated.