When France won its first World Cup 20 years ago, with Zinedine Zidane its talisman and playmaker, the team was referred to as "Black-Blanc-Beur" (Black-White-Arab), a positive reference to its diverse ethnic make-up.
Les Bleus took a drive through the centre of Paris and down the Champs Elysees.
"Don't change", he said, adding, "Never forget where you come from".
The squad touched down at Paris' Charles de Gaulle Airport shortly before 1600BST on Monday, less than 24 hours after skipper Hugo Lloris had lifted the trophy at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow following a 4-2 victory over Croatia in the final.
France's team players celebrate with the trophy and greet their fans while parading down the Champs-Elysee avenue in Paris, on Monday after winning the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup final football match. The Champs-Elysees Clemenceau has become the Deschamps-Elysees Clemenceau to honor national team coach Didier Deschamps.
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Macron exulted on the field in Moscow and in the locker room, hugging players as they received their medals even as the skies poured rain. Fans were screaming and shouting with joy, heavy police force was deployed to control the large crowd that gathered to welcome and celebrate the victory. So win, lose, or draw, we were planning on giving back to the people.
Fellow Parisian Florian Scaven only caught glimpses of the World Cup final from the maternity ward, where his wife had a baby during the matched.
Croatia were beaten 4-2 by France in the World Cup final on Sunday, July 15 in Russian Federation.
"We say it so little".
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Said Atletico Madrid forward Griezmann: "For me, the collective is the most important thing". Here, we are all united. "We mix. There is no religion, there is nothing, and that's what feels good".
France's World Cup winners were treated like royalty by hundreds of thousands of supporters upon their return to Paris on Monday and have been promised the Legion of Honour award ahead of a presidential reception. Tear gas was lobbed at one point on the Champs-Elysees.
Fan-area where fans can watch the final match, was located on the Champ de Mars near the Eiffel tower.
It was the players, though, who captured the French imagination.
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France's defence was breached twice - once in comical fashion, courtesy of a howler from Hugo Lloris - but that young unit defended well enough to repel a Croatia side who defied both fatigue and their underdog status to provide a stern test of Deschamps and his players' ability to exorcise the demons of losing the last major tournament final on home soil.