Fans clash with riot police in ugly scenes as France reach World Cup final

Dozens of rowdy football fans fired missiles at police as celebrations over France ‘s World Cup semi-final win against Belgium turned ugly.

Gendarmes were forced to fire tear gas to disperse the hostile crowd as they threw objects in their direction near Paris’ Champs Elysee.

Debris including plastic traffic barriers, metal railings and even a sofa were all placed in the middle of the street after thousands massed near the Arc de Triomphe monument to celebrate the French victory.

A line of riot police and armoured vehicles were mobilised to remove the agitated mob from the area.

Fleeing protesters erected barricades using metal railings to disrupt their advance through the street.

Earlier, a large and ecstatic crowd gathered in the city centre to watch France’s 1-0 win over neighbouring rivals Belgium.

Delirious supporters draped in the Tricolor flag spilled on to Parisian boulevards as the blare of car horns reverberated through the French capital.

In a fan zone outside City Hall on the banks of the River Seine, jubilant supporters embraced and lit smoke flares.

In the southern city of Nice, more than two dozen fans were hurt when the detonation of firecrackers triggered a brief stampede near the seafront.

Samuel Umtiti’s 51st-minute header sent France into the World Cup final with a ruthless 1-0 win over Belgium in an absorbing first semi-final on Tuesday.

Didier Deschamps’ side will face England or Croatia in Moscow on Sunday as the French look to lift the trophy for the second time following their triumph on home soil in 1998.

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