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France parties hard after Euro 2016 semi-final win against Germany

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France parties hard after Euro 2016 semi-final win against Germany


French football fans painted the town red, white and blue after the 2-0 win over Germany in the Euro 2016 semi-finals.

Shouty versions of ‘La Marseillaise’ rang out from Paris to Bordeaux, fireworks lit up the skies and cars tooted their horns in celebration.

It marks the first time France defeated their neighbours in competition since the 1958 World Cup.

Euronews reporter Paula Vilaplana was in the Lyon fanzone and spoke to supporters. One said she was confident of the victory ahead of the match, while another said the final against Portugal was in the bag. A disgruntled German supporter told her, “I believe the first penalty kick was not justified. But he added, “congratulations to France.”

Playing on home turf, France is now the favourite to win the title.

Euronews reporter Vilaplana summed up:

“For now France is celebrating. The host team are heading to the finals to face off against Portugal on Sunday. Sixteen years after their last Euro win, the French have the chance to lift European Cup once again.”

The French team paid tribute to Iceland with the famous Viking clap.

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