France won the Fifa World Cup for the second time by overcoming Croatia's bold challenge in a thrilling final in Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium.
Didier Deschamps' side repeated the success on home soil at France '98 by a margin that hardly looked possible as Croatia stood toe-to-toe with the favourites for an hour.
France's victory meant Deschamps, who captained them 20 years ago, became just the third man to win the competition as a player and coach.
Croatia also felt their luck deserted them, but ultimately France ran out victorious to erase the memories of the loss to Portugal in the Euro 2016 final in Paris.
In one of the most exciting World Cup finals of the modern era, played out to a soundtrack of thunder, Croatia and France delivered an enthralling spectacle that brought the joint highest goal tally in a final since 1958, a pitch invasion, and a controversial intervention from the video assistant referee that had a huge influence on the outcome.
France took the lead after 18 minutes when Antoine Griezmann's free-kick deflected in off Mario Mandzukic's head - but Croatia were by far the better side in the first half and deservedly equalised courtesy of Ivan Perisic's left-foot finish.
Croatia were left nursing a burning sense of injustice when France restored their lead seven minutes before half-time through Griezmann's penalty, awarded by referee Nestor Pitana for handball against Perisic after a lengthy delay while VAR was consulted.
Paris erupts into celebration as Zagreb weeps, after France beat Croatia in the World Cup final, according to BBC report.
Tens of thousands of supporters wrapped in red, white and blue flags and singing the French national anthem have poured on to the Champs-Élysées in Paris to celebrate France’s World Cup victory over Croatia, cheering that the nation was now firmly a football superpower, a The Guardian report has also confirmed.
As the final whistle blew, shouts rang out and vast crowds that had gathered outside local bars began sprinting on to the 1.2 mile (2km) avenue in the centre of Paris.
Riot police stood guard as supporters screamed and sang and let off firecrackers.
The avenue and a large area around it had been closed to traffic after the Paris police chief had warned of a “real terrorist threat” for the public gathering that was expected to last all night and exceed one million people. But even before the match finished, quad bikes and mopeds waving large French flags had attempted to accelerate towards the Arc de Triomphe.
“I’m massively happy!” shouted Abou Aboubacar, 25, who had travelled across Paris in a French shirt to celebrate near the Arc de Triomphe.
“So proud with all this team has achieved,” said Damien Barrault, 27, who , like many, had made the journey from the Paris suburbs to experience a “historic” night. He was seven the last time that France won the World Cup in 1998 and still remembers the party.
About 90,000 people had squeezed into a fan zone under the Eiffel tower to watch the match. From half-time, buses were stopped from circulating in Paris and some of its suburbs “for security reasons” after many young people had climbed on to the roofs of the vehicles to celebrate after France’s semi-final win last week.
Some supporters on the Champs-Élysées had tears in their eyes with what they called “total love” for the young, diverse French squad that had created what commentators have called a new form of peaceful and multicultural French patriotism that has acted as a balm in a society still shaken by years of terrorist attacks.
At about 11pm, riot police briefly fired teargas at about 30 men throwing stones at shop windows and at police on the northern part of the Champs-Élysées.
The Publicis Drugstore shop on the Champs-Élysées suffered damage. Police also fired water-cannon to contain the skirmishes.