Rioters clashed with police on the Champs-Elysées in Paris on Saturday night, following victories for France and Morocco in the FIFA World Cup quarter-finals in Qatar.
Football fans, some of whom were wrapped in red and green Moroccan flags, fired fireworks at police and pelted officers with projectiles. Police in full riot gear responded by firing tear gas and charging into the crowd.
Police said 74 arrests were made and two scooters were set on fire. Reuters reported that stores were also targeted.
According to local media, 1,220 officers were deployed to control the crowd of more than 20,000 fans who gathered to watch the two consecutive quarter-finals played in Qatar.
Morocco is the first African nation to reach the semi-finals after a superb victory against Portugal. A few hours later, the France team beat England. France and Morocco will meet on Wednesday.
Belgian police on alert ahead of decisive World Cup matches
At the end of November, Moroccan fans rioted in Brussels, as well as in the Dutch cities of Amsterdam, Rotterdam and The Hague when their team beat Belgium. Police used tear gas and water cannons in the Belgian capital, where a dozen people were arrested and a car set on fire.
Several incidents were reported in France on Tuesday after Morocco’s victory against Spain. Shops were damaged and trash cans were set on fire.
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