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Eugene Bates | 19 July, 2018, 08:58

Some 62 percent of the French polled by the Odoxa polling institute on July 16, the day after the French team's thrilling 4-2 defeat of Croatia in Moscow, said they were now optimistic about the future.

Hundreds of thousands of people thronged there after France beat Croatia 4-2 on Sunday to capture the World Cup.

The team is scheduled to arrive back in France at around 1430 GMT, before a parade down the Champs Elysees and a formal victory reception with Macron at the Elysee Palace.

The football-loving 40-year-old leapt to his feet to celebrate France's goals as he attended the game in Moscow alongside Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Croatian counterpart Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic.

After a speech by Macron, the party will be hosted by star Paris music producer DJ Snake, who has worked with pop stars including Lady Gaga and is part of the Pardon My French collective of French DJs.

Some pollsters believe Mr Macron will benefit from the wave of euphoria now sweeping France, but only if the young leader is able to reconnect with the French after mounting criticism from his opponents that he is aloof and elitist.

Several Paris Metro stations were temporarily adjusting their names to honor the team and its members, the transport authority tweeted.

It was the players, though, who captured the French imagination.

He told the BBC last week that he and his France team-mates must approach the World Cup finals with the right mindset, as that counts more than technical ability.

"Eternal Happiness" said Monday's headline in sports daily L'Equipe, summing up the mood of many who can't imagine the euphoria will ever fade.

"He may have been found sincerely likable in the victory's festive atmosphere, but it visibly doesn't change anything to expectations toward him on the economic and social front", he said. The French, though, are more enamored of the players and of their coach, Didier Deschamps.

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