Rodena Nichee was a girl in France the last time her national team won the World Cup. On Sunday, wearing a vibrant blue blouse, she celebrated with friends and members of the French community of Chicago at a downtown surveillance party when France defeated Croatia 4-2 for the title.
He sang "Sobre les campeones" and sang "Allez les Bleus!" While the final seconds pbaded and the conference room at the Hilton Magnificent Mile burst into cheers and songs as the drums played, bells rang and red confetti fell , white and blue.
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" In 1998, I was 9 years old, "said Nichee, who emigrated from France two years ago. "Twenty years later, I am very happy to be close to the French community in Chicago, here is spirit."
The French community in Chicago is small, with approximately 8,000 citizens in the Chicago area. Many connect through the Lycee Francais school in Lincoln Square and French organizations such as the Alliance Francaise cultural center and the Association des Francais et Francophones de Chicago.
An opportunity for 250 French fans to gather for the World Cup party at the Hilton, which was organized through the office of the French consulate, fostered their sense of pride.
The fans painted their faces, wore red and blue boas, and covered themselves with the French tricolor on their shoulders. A couple applauded wearing berets, and a photo area included a baguette to pose with an accessory. The fans ate croissants while they waited for the final to begin.
The parents raised their little children in the air after France's third goal when Paul Pogba hit a hard low shot for a 3-1 lead. They moaned in unison when Mario Mandzukic took advantage of an error by goalkeeper Hugo Lloris. They sang the French national anthem when Kylian Mbappe, 19, joined Pelé as the second teenager to score in a World Cup final.
The fans marched down Michigan Avenue waving flags while blowing whistles and cheering after the victory party. 19659002] "It's a nation of pride," said Annabelle Baldwin, who grew up in France but now lives in Rogers Park.
Baldwin wore a bright blue wig and had the French flag painted on his cheek while watching the game with her husband and two children.
"It's amazing to be together and support France," he said. "If you are from France, you are an ambbadador every day"
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