With flags, song, pride, French celebrate unifying victory

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Arc de Triomphe is illuminated with the colors of the French national flag and by fireworks set off by French soccer fans celebrating France’s World Cup victory over Croatia, in Paris, France, Sunday, July 15, 2018. France won the final 4-2. The inscription in French reads : Proud to be blue (French) . (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)PARIS — It was a victory for all of France and the home crowd did it justice, pouring into Paris’ Champs-Elysees Avenue by the tens of thousands to celebrate in an explosion of joy.France’s 4-2 win over Croatia in the World Cup final in Moscow on Sunday marked the second time in 20 years that France has won the World Cup, and came at a time when the people feel needy.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Revelers celebrated the moment.“We’re happy. It took 20 years … It’s the pride of the nation. It unites everyone. It federates,” Frederique Pourquet said as she and her friend left the Champs-Elysees.The win “shows that the French people are consolidated and the work of all France,” said Omar Bzi.Hajar Maghnaoui, of Asnieres, north of Paris, said “It’s a way to bring the French people together, and also the world.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team Fighting jihadism in the Sahel: Life inside the military camps PLAY LIST 02:46Fighting jihadism in the Sahel: Life inside the military camps00:50Trending Articles01:56Boris Johnson ‘humbled’ after majority win, says Parliament ‘must change’02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Revelers set off smoke bombs in the national colors — blue, white and red — obscuring Napoleon’s triumphal arch. People climbed atop every newspaper kiosk and bus stop in the area to wave flags and lead the crowds below in cheers. The national anthem, the Marseillaise, rang out, cars honked horns and cherry bombs cracks.A young man sprayed a fire extinguisher on the crowd on a late hot afternoon.Soccer fans celebrate in the fan zone after the final match between France and Croatia at the 2018 soccer World Cup in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, July 15, 2018. France fans did justice to their team’s 4-2 victory over Croatia in the World Cup final on Sunday, pouring into Paris’ Champs-Elysees Avenue by the tens of thousands to celebrate with cheers, stomping and song in an explosion of joy mimicked in cities around the nation. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)Hundreds of police in riot gear were discretely lined up on side streets to monitor revelers. Typically, celebrations in France end up with some broken shop windows and other destruction, and Sunday was no exception. Tear gas was lobbed at one point on the Champs-Elysees. About 4,000 police watched over the fan zone — packed to its 90,000 capacity — during the match, then moved to the Champs-Elysees and neighboring streets.As night fell, The Eiffel Tower flashed 1998-2018 to mark France’s two World Cup titles.The Arc de Triomph was awash in the national colors, lit with the rooster, the faces of the winning team and the words “Proud to be Blue,” or French.ADVERTISEMENT ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names The celebrations were spread across the nation.For all the crazy antics — and some revelers who got out of control — a sense of patriotism and unity was almost visceral.Antoine Griezmann, the France striker who scored one of the goal’s Sunday, told a news conference two days before the final, televised on BFM TV, that pride in country is in short supply.“We say it so little … We should be proud to be French,” Griezmann said.Mahmoud Bourassi was among those taking a longer-term view and he had some sobering thoughts about France’s run to the title and the festivities it has sparked.People celebrate on the Champs Elysees avenue after France won the soccer World Cup final match between France and Croatia, Sunday, July 15, 2018 in Paris. France won its second World Cup title by beating Croatia 4-2 . (AP Photo/Francois Mori)Bourassi runs a youth center in Bondy — Mbappe’s home that was among those scarred by riots in 2005 that exposed the fissures of France that have yet to heal — and he knows the teenage star of the tournament.“All this euphoria and effervescence, it’s positive but it’s emotional and ephemeral,” he said ahead of France’s win. Bourassi said sports is a “catalyst to bring people and nations together.”But, he added, it must be built on.“What we’re seeing is magic, exceptional. But what are we going to do with it tomorrow?”That is a question for President Emmanuel Macron, who was in Moscow celebrating with the team on victory night, and will receive the squad more formally on Monday at the presidential Elysee Palace.center_img Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West LATEST STORIES MOST READ Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ “It represents enormous things,” said Goffrey Hamsik, dressed in a hat resembling a rooster — the French national symbol — and a shirt with the No. 10 for Kylian Mpappe, the 19-year-old breakout star who hails from the Paris suburb of Bondy.“We’ve had lots of problems in France these past years,” he said, recalling deadly terror attacks. “This is good for the morale … Here, we are all united. We mix. There is no religion, there is nothing, and that’s what feels good.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’French soccer fans react as they watch a live broadcast on a big screen of the final match between France and Croatia at the 2018 soccer World Cup, in Marseille, southern France, Sunday, July 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Claude Paris)Troublemakers marred some of the festivities at the top of the Champs-Elysees, breaking the window of a major store, throwing bottles, temporary barriers and even a bicycle at riot police as the celebrations wound down close to midnight. Police responded with water cannon and tear gas. BFM-TV reported that the store was pillaged.Earlier, people wrapped in flags and dressed in crazy hats, and one man spotted totally nude except for the Tricolor, marched down the avenue where France displayed its military might a day earlier for Bastille Day. Vive la France! And a lot of other nations, too Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View commentslast_img read more

Trade unionist Ann Anderson dies at 51

first_imgRenowned Guyanese trade unionist Ann Anderson died on Tuesday following a brief period of illness.At the time of her death, Anderson was 51 years and was the General Secretary of the Clerical and Commercial Workers Union (CCWU). She was the first female to hold that position after joining trade unionism in 2005.Ann AndersonUpon her appointment as General Secretary, Anderson had vowed to attract more women into the movement. She wanted to expand the Union’s organisational drive, targeting non-traditional workers and the self-employed including taxi drivers, and grouping them so that they could be represented.A few months shy of one year after her appointment in 2009, Anderson led an exercise that picketed the Pegasus Hotel over management’s “union busting” tactics. At the time, the Hotel had 52 staffers who were represented by the CCWU and Anderson had stated that the owner, Robert Badal, did not want workers of the Hotel unionised.Anderson was also the Caribbean Regional Coordinator of the International Transport Workers Federation (ITF) at the time of her death. Her untimely passing comes as she was to attend the first ITF meeting on March 16, 2018 in Argentina.last_img read more