FRANCE braces for further rioting ahead of the World Cup final, with 14,000 police deployed across the country.
Officials in Paris have asked for the Champs-Elysées to be shut down ahead of Les Bleus’ final against Argentina on Sunday.
The measures were taken amid fears of “civil war scenes” following the riots that erupted after the country’s victory over Morocco, which killed a 14-year-old boy in Montpellier.
French Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin has announced that security in the country has been increased for this weekend, with 12,800 officers expected on Saturday and another 14,000 on Sunday.
French authorities have called for the iconic Champs-Élysées to be closed ahead of Sunday’s game.
The avenue will be closed to traffic on Sunday and 2,750 officers will be stationed nearby.
The former local mayor, in charge of Paris’ Jeanne d’Hauteserre district, expressed concern about the avenue and called for it to be closed before Wednesday’s game.
She told France’s CNews: “If you want to celebrate victory, you don’t come with mortars. But these people really just come to hit with iron bars.
“On Wednesday everyone is afraid of a war, a guerrilla war, a civil war, and we don’t want the Champs-Elysées to turn into a battlefield.”
Although 10,000 police officers were mobilized, including 5,000 in Paris, violent clashes erupted with shocking images of chaotic scenes.
Shocking footage shows a group trying to get the flag as they walk down Rue de la Mosson, when the driver suddenly makes a U-turn and slams into a teenager before driving away.
A total of about 115 people were arrested as police fired tear gas to disperse the crowd.
Riot police were also bombarded with fireworks in the French city of Lyon, while clashes broke out between fans in Nice and chaos also broke out in the streets of Bordeaux.
In Brussels, police deployed tear gas and water cannons after clashes broke out and fans set fire to the street and threw fireworks.
And last week, more than 20,000 adrenaline-fueled fans poured onto the boulevard, causing chaos after Morocco’s stunning victory over Portugal.
Sporadic clashes broke out between hooligans and police who fired tear gas and attacked several times.
Several shops were damaged, cars were set on fire and there were 100 arrests.