FRANCE is bracing for further unrest ahead of the World Cup finals, with 14,000 police deployed across the country.
Paris officials have asked the Champs-Élysées to be closed ahead of Les Bleus’ final against Argentina on Sunday.
The measures come amid fears of “scenes of civil war” that erupted after the country’s victory over Morocco in which a 14-year-old boy was killed in Montpellier.
French Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin said security had been stepped up in the country this weekend, with 12,800 police on Saturday and 14,000 on Sunday.
French authorities have called for the Champs-Élysées to be closed ahead of Sunday’s match.
The avenue will be closed to traffic on Sunday, and 2,750 officers will be stationed in the vicinity.
Jeanne d’Hauteser, the local mayor responsible for the Paris region, previously expressed concern about the avenue and called for it to be closed ahead of Wednesday’s game.
He told the French CNews. “When you want to celebrate victory, you don’t come with mortars, but these people really come only to smash with iron rods.
“For Wednesday, everyone is afraid of war, guerilla war, civil war, and we don’t want the Champs-Élysées to turn into a battlefield.”
Although 10,000 police were mobilized, including 5,000 in Paris, violent clashes broke out, with shocking footage showing chaotic scenes.
Shocking footage shows a group trying to get hold of the flag as they walk down Rue de la Mosson when a driver suddenly swerves, hitting the teenager before driving off.
A total of about 115 people were arrested as the police used tear gas to disperse the crowd.
In the French city of Lyon, the police were also blown up with fireworks, and in Nice there were clashes between the fans, and chaos began in the streets of Bordeaux.
In Brussels, police fired tear gas and water cannons after brawls broke out and fans set fire to the street and threw fireworks.
And last week, more than 20,000 adrenaline-fueled fans flooded the boulevard and caused chaos after Morocco’s stunning victory over Portugal.
Random clashes took place between the hooligans and the police, who used tear gas and charged several times.
Several shops were damaged, cars were burned, and 100 people were arrested.