French football superstar Kylian Mbappe is reportedly going to donate US$500,000 (NZ$738,000) in World Cup earnings to charity. Hundreds of guests, including people from soccer clubs connected to the French players, were invited.
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Almost 3,000 people have been invited to the reception, including 1,000 youths from football clubs around the country such as Bondy, the Paris suburb where 19-year-old wunderkind Kylian Mbappe got his start. "We mix. There is no religion, there is nothing, and that's what feels good".
In honor of the returning heroes, several of Paris' metro stops have been temporarily renamed. Notre-Dame des Champs becomes Notre Didier Deschamps while one of the central stops is renamed Deschamps Elysées-Clémenceau.
The superstar will also get a cut of France's $38 million prize money for the World Cup victory. Notre-Dame des Champs station was relabelled "Notre Didier Deschamps", and Victor Hugo was switched to "Victor Hugo Lloris" after the captain and goalkeeper.
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"I had an huge privilege to live through this as a player 20 years ago and it was in France, so it will be marked in my memory forever, but what the players did together today is just as handsome", he said.
The World Cup victory came hot on the heels of Friday and Saturday's Bastille Day celebrations.
But eventually the French players - who had remained silent, perhaps bemused by the row, felt compelled to speak out.
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He told the BBC last week that he and his France team-mates must approach the World Cup finals with the right mindset, as that counts more than technical ability. Joy over the win brightened the Monday morning commute in Paris, where young people in cars sang and shouted.