Morocco - Spain: The victory of the Atlas Lions sparks scenes of jubilation and excesses
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Morocco – Spain: The victory of the Atlas Lions sparks scenes of jubilation and excesses

A Moroccan fan on the Champs Elysees in Paris on December 6, 2022.

Trumpets, whistles, fireworks, smoke bombs… On the Champs-Elysées, in Paris, in the Old Port of Marseille, Place Bellecour in Lyon, in the city center of Toulouse, in Nice or Lille… Several thousand supporters of Morocco flocked and celebrated, Tuesday 6 December, With the historical presentation of the Atlas Lions, who were invited to the great football nations feast.

By reaching the quarter-finals of the 2022 World Cup, Morocco is the first Arab team to reach this level of the competition, at the expense of Spain. She joined the very closed circle of selections who made the African quarter-finals: Cameroon in 1990, Senegal in 2002, and Ghana in 2010. In Paris, several thousand were there to celebrate, waving the national flag in red and green, and singing the anthem of Morocco. Supporters gathered near the Arc de Triomphe, surrounded by smoke bombs and watched by several police officers.

In Lyon, fans packed into Place Bellecour and at La Guillotaire to make their voices heard, despite the cold. “The streets of the peninsula are closed in the evening. With consequences for the traffic on the docks of the Rhone”writing France 3.

In Marseilles, they were gathered in an alley of Leon Gambetta, not far from Canebière. Then they joined “The old port to make the fireworks talk”note Provence. In Manosque, in Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, about sixty people celebrated the celebration before going to the municipal stadium Adrien-Gilly, continues the regional daily.

In Toulouse, scenes of jubilation took place in the Place Saint-Pierre and in the Capitol: Hundreds of cars waving flags (…) You meet at the beginning of the evening towards the city center. In this rush hour, traffic is held up by these happy fans. Around 8 p.m., there were about 2,000 people on the level [la station de métro] Jean Jaurice. Traffic on boulevards is even cut off in some places.”writing send.

Most of the gatherings were held in peace, as in Strasbourg (Bas-Rhin) or Mulhouse (Haut-Rhin), according to reports. France Blue Alsace. The same PerpignanAccording to France Bleu Roussillon, or in Tours and Dijon.

Political explosions and ulterior motives

In Paris, the festivities led to some excesses, shops were vandalized and the crowd dispersed because of the riots Tear gas canister fire. In the north, in Maubeuge, Valenciennes or Lille, several hundred supporters celebrated Morocco’s victory.

If no incidents were reported in Valenciennes, then in Lille the atmosphere was tense “as a great force of law and order is deployed”France 3 reports. The channel is taking note Thirteen policemen sustained minor injuries, mainly from mortar or shell fire. Eight arrests, seven men and a woman, most of them minors..

In Vaucluse, in Avignon, “Two people were arrested for throwing projectiles and one for breaking into a store.”France Bleu reports. in Toulon, The police had to deal with some excesses (…) A municipal police car was hit by a shell that smashed the driver’s side window. One person was arrested, reports beautiful morning.

In Nice, qualifying led to Massena’s place celebrations. beautiful morning reports it There was a pleasant jubilation in the center of the city and lo “Things have gone wrong in some neighborhoods.”. What Anthony Bourret, first deputy (prospects) of the mayor of Nice, tweeted shrugged “Unacceptable flooding in the city and on the Place de la Amaryllis in Les Moulins” Where the National Police would have moved to their mission. Christian Estrosithe mayor of Nice (Horizons), bounced back on his deputy’s letter, evoking the cobblestones of the tramway, even if the tram operator confirmed for the day that there weren’t “caillage”, But the supporters they will have “They hit the tram with their hands”.

requested by the scientistThe office of the Minister of the Interior confirmed that forty-four people had been arrested on national soil.

Read also: World Cup 2022: In Casablanca, scenes of jubilation over Morocco’s victory over Spain

Parties and clashes in Europe too

A Moroccan supporter on the streets of The Hague, December 6, 2022.

Scenes of joy were not limited to France. In London the Moroccan partisans invaded Oxford road where Piccadilly Circus. the same atmosphere in Barcelona where Gaza.

In Brussels and Antwerp, the party was marred by floods during which the Belgian police used water cannons and arrested dozens. to me AmsterdamThe Hague and Rotterdam, the police suffered Launching fireworks. on twitter, Dutch police Fans asked: “Celebrate but do not commit any crime.”

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