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France Buoyant With Hope as Its Team Plays in World Cup Final


PARIS — It seemed that all of France was watching the coin toss between the French and Croatian men’s soccer team captains Sunday to decide who would get the opening kick of the 2018 World Cup final in Russia.

From the Champs Élysées to the low-income suburbs of Paris that many of the French team’s star players call home, the spectators included hopeful young children who dream of becoming soccer stars and older people who have watched a lifetime of games.

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