The World Cup's final outcome produced a model illustration of the stark contrast between nationalism and globalism as Croatians celebrated their loss in a dignified, cheerful manner, while multicultural France was ravaged by rioters.
Shocking videos and images continue to emerge from French cities besieged by migrants and anarchists alike who set fires, looted shops, and destroyed vehicles.
BREAKING: Violence and riots have erupted in Paris following World Cup celebrations.— France Football 🇫🇷 (@FrenchFutbol) July 15, 2018
Armed forces have been deployed but several businesses have been looted and vehicles have been vandalized. 🇫🇷pic.twitter.com/5jp7xrpWXh
DIRECT 🇫🇷 Paris : Un magasin de deux-roues situé avenue de la grande armée, non loin des Champs-Élysées, a été pillé par de nombreux individus. (images @arthdvtn) https://t.co/dvWgLuhpZ1 pic.twitter.com/rfGBo5A5N2— Actu17 (@Actu17) July 15, 2018
Paris after 'the French' celebrate their World Cup triumph pic.twitter.com/E9hYyS9b5X— Voice of Europe 🌐 (@V_of_Europe) July 16, 2018
Some have speculated that many of the vandals are merely opportunists seeking any occasion to plunder and wreak havoc.
At least two people died during 'celebrations,' and three small children were struck by a motorcyclist in Lorraine who fled the scene.
Local media reports that at least 850 cars were burned over the course of the weekend - which coincidentally spanned Bastille Day - dismissing the mass-scale vandalism as "something of a tradition."
Meanwhile, in culturally homogenous Croatia, which has accepted very few migrants, the losing team's accomplishments were celebrated in a comparatively civil manner, and no riots or major destruction were reported.
Croatia lost the World Cup. Where are all the riots, like the ones in France, which won? It's almost as if France had undergone some fundamental change, which Croatia didn't. What could that be, do you think?— John Zmirak (@JZmirak) July 15, 2018
Open borders fanatics on social media and in mainstream media hailed France's win as a victory for 'diversity' and a defeat of 'xenophobia' and 'racism.'
"What a victory for France! Well-deserved," tweeted Mehdi Hasan, a columnist for The Intercept and host at Al-Jazeera. "Oh and Le Pen and all the other racist French nationalists, you can shut your mouths and hang your heads in shame. Amazing team, amazing diversity, amazing talent."
OH NO NO NO NO NO *WHEEZING LAUGHTER* pic.twitter.com/4NgWTeeq4w— Tolerant Fellow (@thetolerantman) July 15, 2018
What a victory for France! Well-deserved.— Mehdi Hasan (@mehdirhasan) July 15, 2018
Oh and Le Pen and all the other racist French nationalists, you can shut your mouths and hang your heads in shame.
Amazing team, amazing diversity, amazing talent.
Dear France,— Khaled Beydoun (@KhaledBeydoun) July 15, 2018
Congratulations on winning the #WorldCup.
80% of your team is African, cut out the racism and xenophobia.
50% of your team are Muslims, cut out the Islamophobia.
Africans and Muslims delivered you a second World Cup, now deliver them justice.
According to a detailed ancestry tracker at Net Bet, the vast majority of players on the French squad are offspring of first generation immigrants.
"Of the four goals France scored against Croatia, two were scored by the sons of African immigrants – Paul Pogba, whose parents immigrated from Guinea, and Kylian Mbappe whose mother is Algerian and father is Cameroonian," notes the Daily Sabah. "Pogba is a practicing Muslim, along with six of his teammates including starting midfielder N'Golo Kante."
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