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Dancing - and fighting - in the streets as France makes it to Euro final

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France fans celebrate on the Champs Elysées Reuters/Regis Duvignau

Riot police fired tear gas in clashes with youths on Paris's Champs Elysées avenue overnight after France qualified for the Euro 2016 final with a two-nil victory over Germany. There was celebration across the country, with the Eiffel Tower lit up in the French flag's colours and singing on the Old Port of Marseille, where the match took place.


The crowd on the Champs Elysées booed as police staged several charges against youths who hurled fireworks, bottles, stones and other objects at them.

And in the eastern city of Belfort a man in his 60s died after being hit by a cast-iron café table during a fight that broke out near a fanzone.

The man was not involved in the fighting.

Explosion de joie des supporters de l'équipe de France lors de la rencontre Allemagne-France, le 7 juillet 2016. RFI/Pierre René-Worms

Elsewhere there were no such clashes, as fans flooded onto the streets of towns and cities, cheering, chanting, sounding car horns and letting of firecrackers.

Some 19.2 million people watched the match on the TF1 TV channel, the highest viewing figures since the 2006 World Cup and the eighth highest since 1989.

Antoine Griezmann scored both goals for France, the first on a penalty just before half-time, the second in the 72nd minute.

France goes on to face Portugal in the final, a match that may lead to a conflict of loyalties to the more than a million people of Portuguese origin who live here.

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