France World Cup-winning squad to get National Honour
Haruna Isa (Abuja)
President Emmanuel Macron of France has announced that France’s victorious World Cup players will all be awarded the Legion of Honour.
No date has yet been set for the ceremony to hand over France’s highest award for “exceptional service” to the nation, which follows the team’s 4-2 win over Croatia in Sunday’s final in Moscow.
It was France’s second World Cup title, 20 years after the victorious team led by captain Didier Deschamps, which also earned them a Legion of Honour from then-president Jacques Chirac.
As a result, Deschamps, now the France coach, will, in theory, be promoted from a Legion Knight to a higher grade such as Officer.
The team returned from Moscow to Paris on Monday afternoon and paraded the trophy down the Champs Elysees avenue before meeting with Macron and his wife Brigitte at the presidential palace.
Macron had already celebrated with the team on Sunday after attending the final in Moscow.
Nearly 3,000 people were invited to the reception, including 1,000 youths from football clubs around the country such as Bondy, the Paris suburb where Kylian Mbappe, the 19-year-old winner of the Young Player of the tournament award, got his start.