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Cautious France embrace Didier Deschamps’ men and prepare to party

Fans hope lessons of the past have been learned as country aims to cement its place as a football superpower

As France prepares for Sunday’s World Cup final against Croatia, the mood on the street is one of football frenzy.

Fan zones across the country are to be secured by tens of thousands of police concerned about the threat of terrorism. Flag manufacturers have been working overtime to meet extra demand, beer sales are up, there is a scrabble for the last remaining team shirts in shops, and newspaper front pages are plastered with Didier Deschamps and articles on how the young France squad have ushered in a new patriotism.

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