36 arrests as France celebrates historic PSG victory


PARIS (AP) – Euphoria mixed with tension as France celebrated Paris Saint-Germain’s historic victory in the Champions League semi-finals, lighting up the Champs-Élysées with cheers and flares and drawing in tear gas.

Police arrested 36 people in Paris after a crowd at the foot of the Arc de Triomphe escalated into dispersed violence, but no serious damage was reported and the atmosphere was extremely festive.

By beating Leipzig 3-0 on Tuesday, PSG finally reached the final of Europe’s biggest club competition for the first time. Only one team from France won the title, and that was a generation ago – Marseille in 1993.

The long-awaited success has dominated news and social media – and all eyes are now on his compatriot from Lyon, who face five-time champions Bayern Munich in the other semi-final on Wednesday.

French Prime Minister Jean Castex greeted the team by tweeting: “Paris is magic!”

The final of the mini-tournament, which is played in Lisbon without supporters due to the coronavirus pandemic, is Sunday.


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