The French national team's World Cup victory revives memories of France's glory days as the Grande Nation. Even supporters of the right-wing Front National are cheering the team as heroes, though many players have African roots.
In the aftermath of France's World Cup win, hasty parallels have been drawn with 1998, the last time "Les Bleus" won the trophy. But DW's Matt Ford says that's history; this was a modern triumph for a modern France.
Fifty-three days on from their triumph in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, newly-crowned world champions France return to action against neighbors Germany, the team whose title they took, in the UEFA Nations League.
Granit Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri could receive a two-match ban over their display of an Albanian nationalist symbol. Both the Swiss and the Serbian football federations may also face disciplinary action from FIFA.
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