Boy, 14, is killed when riots break out in France after Morocco’s World Cup defeat

Shocking video footage has emerged of the moment a teenage boy was run over in the streets of Montpellier as Moroccan fans rioted after their World Cup semi-final defeat to France.

The boy, 14, was part of a large group of what appeared to be Moroccan supporters marauding down Rue de la Mosson in the southern French city when they chanced upon a white hatchback with a French flag out the window.

The group descended on the car and attempted to rip the flag away from the owner, when the driver panicked and made a hasty U-turn to cross into the oncoming lane and make a speedy escape.

Several members of the crowd failed to react in time and the teenager was sucked under the wheels and suffered serious injuries. Authorities confirmed he was transferred to a nearby hospital, but later died.

This is the moment a panicked French driver tried to make a speedy escape when his car was hit by what appeared to be Moroccan fans, knocking down a teenager and killing him

Riot police battled to maintain order as French and Moroccan soccer supporters rallied in cities across France and Belgium after the World Cup semi-finals.

Scenes from the southern French cities of Montpellier and Nice saw fans fighting in the streets, setting fire to each other and setting rubbish bins on fire in the streets as police brandished batons and used water cannons to quell the unrest.

In Brussels, meanwhile, around 100 Moroccan fans gathered near Brussels South station, throwing fireworks and other objects at lines of police dressed in riot gear, but quickly dispersed when tear gas was deployed.

Around 10,000 police officers in France and Belgium prepared for carnage in the streets tonight after Les Bleus dumped underdogs Morocco out of the World Cup. Around 2,200 officers, many of them equipped with riot gear, are stationed in Paris alone with police cars and barricades lining the Champs-Elysees.

France and Morocco fans clash in the southern French city of Montpellier

France and Morocco fans clash in the southern French city of Montpellier

A man stands next to burning garbage containers, after France's victory over Morocco in the Qatar 2022 World Cup semi-final, in Nice on December 14, 2022

A man stands next to burning garbage containers, after France’s victory over Morocco in the Qatar 2022 World Cup semi-final, in Nice on December 14, 2022

Morocco fans in France had been in a celebratory frenzy ever since their team left on their historic World Cup trip, becoming the first African and Arab team to reach the last four of the global showpiece event.

In some places, including the Champs-Elysees, supporters clashed with police, destroying cars and shop windows after beating Portugal in the quarter-finals, while supporters rioted in Brussels when their team defeated the Red Devils 2-0 in the group stage. .

Supporters poured into Paris’ icy Champs-Elysees on Wednesday after a World Cup semi-final between France and Morocco that tugged at the heartstrings of millions, as ‘Les Bleus’ won 2-0 to reach the final for the second time in a row.

They were flanked by hundreds of police cars securing the area while fans let off fireworks.

Deeply enmeshed by their colonial ties and post-war flows of migrant workers from North Africa to France, the two nations share a history that has shaped their identities and their politics, creating a sometimes fractious relationship.

France and Belgium are both home to a large Moroccan community, many of whom hold dual citizenship.

Police form a line on either side of a water cannon vehicle in Brussels after France won the World Cup soccer semi-final between Morocco and France on Wednesday, December 14, 2022

Police form a line on either side of a water cannon vehicle in Brussels after France won the World Cup soccer semi-final between Morocco and France on Wednesday, December 14, 2022

Soccer fans hold smoke flares as they celebrate France's victory over Morocco in the Qatar 2022 World Cup semi-final on the Champs-Elysees in Paris on December 14, 2022

Soccer fans hold smoke flares as they celebrate France’s victory over Morocco in the Qatar 2022 World Cup semi-final on the Champs-Elysees in Paris on December 14, 2022

Last Saturday, when Morocco beat Portugal in the quarter-finals, 20,000 fans descended on the Champs-Elysees to celebrate the historic victory, but clashes broke out between supporters and riot police who fired tear gas, with 100 people arrested after shops and cars were damaged . kindle.

In Belgium, police were forced to shut down parts of the capital and port city of Antwerp, while officers also deployed water cannons and fired tear gas to disperse crowds as violence erupted after Morocco’s 2-0 win over the Red Devils in the group stage.

Dozens of rioters set fires and threw bricks at cars, before riot police intervened when one person suffered facial injuries, according to a police spokesperson.

Riot police officers stand in a street during clashes, in Brussels, after Morocco lost the Qatar 2022 semi-final soccer match between Morocco and France on December 14, 2022

Riot police officers stand in a street during clashes, in Brussels, after Morocco lost the Qatar 2022 semi-final soccer match between Morocco and France on December 14, 2022

General view of police in riot gear and a post-fight fire in the streets of Brussels

General view of police in riot gear and a post-fight fire in the streets of Brussels

Jawad El Yamiq of Morocco looks dejected after the 0-2 loss during the semi-final match between France and Morocco at Qatar 2022 at Al Bayt Stadium on December 14, 2022 in Al Khor, Qatar.

Jawad El Yamiq of Morocco looks dejected after the 0-2 loss during the semi-final match between France and Morocco at Qatar 2022 at Al Bayt Stadium on December 14, 2022 in Al Khor, Qatar.

Police officers swing batons while dressed in riot gear on the Champs-Elysees.  The Arc de Triomphe can be seen menacingly in the background

Police officers swing batons while dressed in riot gear on the Champs-Elysees. The Arc de Triomphe can be seen menacingly in the background

Tonight, the police were more prepared, having covered the pavement on the Champs-Elysees with barricades and police cars.

“We preferred to come early because it will be chaos later. We just want to celebrate our victory and we can really feel that it’s going to be crazy,” said student Kerene Massuka who came with a friend carrying a French flag.

Crowds of supporters from both countries were seen entering the Christmas-decorated boulevard after the final whistle, with authorities gearing up for tens of thousands despite temperatures around 0 Celsius.

The stakes were high on both sides.

Morocco had a chance to become the first African nation to reach a World Cup final, but France are now poised to become the first team to retain the World Cup title in 60 years on Sunday.

Theo Hernandez scored in the fifth minute in a perfect start for the holders, who would have been looking for an early strike to quell the rowdy Moroccan support at the Al Bayt Stadium and dent their team’s confidence.

But it still proved a close game as Morocco overcame injury woes and showed no respect for France’s reputation, taking the game to them in a gallant effort that added to the brilliant reputation they have earned at the tournament.

Fans gather in Paris for France v Morocco - Paris, France - December 14, 2022 Police officers in riot gear are pictured as France fans celebrate on the Champs-Elysees after the match

Fans gather in Paris for France v Morocco – Paris, France – December 14, 2022 Police officers in riot gear are pictured as France fans celebrate on the Champs-Elysees after the match

Players from France celebrate after France won the Qatar 2022 semi-final match against Morocco at Al Bayt Stadium on December 14, 2022

Players from France celebrate after France won the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 semi-final match against Morocco at Al Bayt Stadium on December 14, 2022

Sofyan Amrabat of Morocco is seen after France won the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 semi-final match against Morocco

Sofyan Amrabat of Morocco is seen after France won the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 semi-final match against Morocco

France settled the result with a second goal 11 minutes from time when substitute Randal Kolo Muani, with a first touch after coming on, poked a shot in at the back post.

They are now in a fourth World Cup final and could become the first country to defend their title since Brazil 60 years ago.

“There are emotions, there is pride, it is going to be a final step, we have been with the players for a month, it is never easy, it is happiness so far,” said a smiling coach Didier Deschamps.

For the first goal, Hernandez had to raise his left foot high to connect with a bouncing ball from a tight angle to finish off a sweeping move started by Antoine Griezmann’s run down the right and a cutback pass that Kylian Mbappe first aired.

Mbappe was the creator of the second as he first attempted to dribble through the Morocco defense and then shoot, his effort blocked but falling to Kolo Muani in the net.

Olivier Giroud hit the post and missed from point blank range in the first half at the end of a run through the middle from Aurelien Tchouameni.

The midfielder threaded a wonderful ball to find Mbappe, whose miscued shot was poorly cleared, allowing Giroud a first-time shot that went wide from close range.

But Morocco were never overwhelmed and created opportunities of their own as Azzedine Ounahi forced two good saves out of French captain Hugo Lloris with speculative efforts and curling set pieces put the French defense under pressure.

The North Africans were hit hard by injuries to their central centre-backs, as a move to name Nayef Aguerd in the starting line-up failed when he injured his hamstring in the warm-up and skipper Romain Saiss was forced off after 20 minutes.

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