Moment riot police are hit by firecrackers as violent clashes rock the streets of France after the nation defeated Morocco at the World Cup

HUGE clashes erupted between football fans and riot police in Europe tonight following France’s victory over Morocco at the World Cup.

Police officers were besieged by firecrackers in Paris as thousands poured into the streets to celebrate after France beat Morocco 2-0 to reach the final.

Police officers were hit by firecrackers in Paris as thousands of fans took to the streets

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Police officers were hit by firecrackers in Paris as thousands of fans took to the streetsPhoto credit: Quarter General
Football fans hurled firecrackers at riot police in Paris after France beat Morocco 2-0

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Football fans hurled firecrackers at riot police in Paris after France beat Morocco 2-0Photo credit: Quarter General
There were also clashes between fans and riot police in Brussels

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There were also clashes between fans and riot police in BrusselsPhoto credit: Reuters
Riot cops clash with fans in Brussels

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Riot cops clash with fans in BrusselsPhoto credit: AFP
Riot police officers in Paris as supporters celebrate victory after France defeated Morocco

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Riot police officers in Paris as supporters celebrate victory after France defeated MoroccoPhoto credit: Getty
Chaos broke out in Brussels after the World Cup semifinals

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Chaos broke out in Brussels after the World Cup semifinalsPhoto credit: AFP
Fans set fire to a street in Brussels

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Fans set fire to a street in BrusselsPhoto credit: AFP
Riot police officers face fans in the streets of Brussels after the game

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Riot police officers face fans in the streets of Brussels after the gamePhoto credit: AFP

Shocking footage showed chaotic scenes as fans lobbed riot police officers with a firecracker before officers were forced to flee the line of fire.

Another clip in the French capital showed police pushing back fans as they fired flares down the Champs Elysees.

In Brussels, police used tear gas after scuffles broke out and fans lit torches and lit fires in the street.

Dozens have reportedly been arrested in the Belgian capital.

Shocking footage in the French city of Montpellier also appeared to show fans throwing chairs, firecrackers and rocks at riot police officers.

A young boy died in the city after a car hit him amid the chaos, the local government confirmed.

Horror video footage captured the moment the car crashed into him at high speed and drove away.

A Hérault government spokesman said: “A young boy was brutally hit by a car in Montpellier on Wednesday night after the semi-final match of the World Cup.

“He was taken to the hospital in an absolute emergency. He died shortly after receiving medical care.”

They said the vehicle was found nearby and police were launching an urgent investigation.

It comes after thousands of police officers poured into the French capital in preparation for the outbreak of a “civil war”.

After desperate calls from officers, 10,000 French police officers were mobilized across the country, including 5,000 in Paris.

Concerned residents and shopkeepers in Paris also made themselves defenseless in the face of the expected carnage.

After Morocco’s overwhelming victory over Portugal last week, more than 20,000 adrenaline pumping fans flooded the avenue causing chaos.

Sporadic clashes broke out between hooligans and police, who fired tear gas and attacked several times.

Several businesses were damaged, cars were set on fire and 100 arrests were made.

Morocco’s French colonial history has caused divisions among some residents.

Between 1912 and 1956, the African nation was under French rule and was called the French Protectorate in Morocco.

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Despite independence, France still exerts influence in the country, which causes resentment among part of the population.

About 1.5 million Moroccan community numbers live in France.

Soccer fans hold up smoke flares as they celebrate

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Soccer fans hold up smoke flares as they celebratePhoto credit: AFP

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