:) and France's productivity plummets for a while.LuckyR wrote: ↑July 16th, 2018, 8:50 amSeveral observations: of course everyone "young" went to the grounds around the tour de eiffel (the champs de mars) to see the match, average folks watched in bars, cafes etc. Afterwards several hundred thousand went to the champs elysees. Wall to wall pedestrians walking on the grands boulevards, tons of honking scooters but no cars, folks walking carrying road flares and setting off smoke bombs in red or blue. This lasted in the streets from about 7 local time to about midnight. The team will have a victory parade this evening at 5 down the champs.Greta wrote: ↑July 15th, 2018, 7:46 pmHow cruel - Croatia were comfortably the dominant team in general play but bad luck and their inability to finish their moves as clinically as France was the difference.
When you sober up, Lucky, could you fill us in more about what's happening in Paris ATM? :)
Folks on tv news are making a deal out of the fact that the team is 60% children of immigrants and it was very obvious that Macron made a big deal of embracing Mbappé like a son. Pundits are hopeful that the Le Pen effect will be countered at some level.
Speaking as an outsider, Mbappe's way of carrying himself struck me as recognisably French - a certain elegance and elan. The feelgood effect will wear off, unfortunately, but is at least better than a slap in the eye with a wet fish.
In Sydney people mass around our major tourist attraction during big events - the harbour. Funny that when something big happens people mass around tourist hotspots.