tensions and arrests on the Champs Elysées after the victories of Morocco and France

Apart from the fans who sang about their joy at knowing that Morocco and France qualified for the semi-finals of the World Cup, other people had planned to fight with the police.

It was to be feared (or hoped), and it is certain that the excitement will be just as great on Wednesday, for this highly symbolic match between these two teams, but the successive qualifications of Morocco and then France to the semi-finals of the World Cup created a stir on the Champs-Elysées.

The bar of 20,000 people present in the Champs sector was crossed during the evening with a very very large majority of Moroccan supporters, accompanied by French. The situation did not escalate, security forces were not ordered to disperse the crowd, nor was traffic interrupted, a sign that the situation was under control despite minor spillovers.

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Only a few groups of individuals took the security forces to task for throwing projectiles and mortar fire, to which the security forces responded by targeting the perpetrators and making arrests. 42 people were thus arrested according to figures from the Paris police headquarters. Two scooters were set on fire in the adjacent avenues.

Each exploit of Morocco is an opportunity for their young supporters to show their joy on the Champs-Elysées in Paris. An important system had been deployed pre-emptively to manage reactions and prevent any disturbance of public order. These types of demonstrations often lead to clashes between the police and people who want to confront the police, but these outbreaks were this time limited to a few areas of tension.

Morocco broke a glass ceiling by becoming the first African team to take part in the last four of a World Cup. Cameroon (1990), Senegal (2002) and Ghana (2010) had not reached the semi-finals each time, but by Walid Regragui’s men, who will challenge France for a place in the final on Wednesday.

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