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17
Nov
2019

With flags, song, pride, French celebrate unifying victory

first_img\R Paris, Jul 16 (AP) It was a victory for all of France and the home crowd did it justice, pouring into Paris’ Champs-Elysees Avenue by the tens of thousands to celebrate in an explosion of joy.France’s 4-2 win over Croatia in the World Cup final in Moscow on Sunday marked the second time in 20 years that France has won the World Cup, and came at a time when the people feel needy.”It represents enormous things,” said Goffrey Hamsik, dressed in a hat resembling a rooster – the French national symbol – and a shirt with the No. 10 for Kylian Mpappe, the 19-year-old breakout star who hails from the Paris suburb of Bondy.”We’ve had lots of problems in France these past years,” he said, recalling deadly terror attacks. “This is good for the morale … Here, we are all united. We mix. There is no religion, there is nothing, and that’s what feels good.” People wrapped in flags and dressed in crazy hats, and one man spotted totally nude except for the tricolor, marched down the avenue where France displayed its military might a day earlier for Bastille Day.Revelers set off smoke bombs in the national colors – blue, white and red – obscuring Napoleon’s triumphal arch. People climbed atop every newspaper kiosk and bus stop in the area to wave flags and lead the crowds below in cheers. The national anthem, the Marseillaise, rang out, cars honked horns and cherry bombs cracks.A young man sprayed a fire extinguisher on the crowd on a late hot afternoon.Hundreds of police in riot gear were discretely lined up on side streets to monitor revelers.advertisementTypically, celebrations in France end up with some broken shop windows and other destruction, and Sunday was no exception. Tear gas was lobbed at one point on the Champs-Elysees. About 4,000 police watched over the fan zone – packed to its 90,000 capacity – during the match, then moved to the Champs-Elysees and neighboring streets.As night fell, The Eiffel Tower flashed 1998-2018 to mark France’s two World Cup titles.The Arc de Triomph was awash in the national colors, lit with the rooster, the faces of the winning team and the words “Proud to be Blue,” or French.The celebrations were spread across the nation.For all the crazy antics – and some revelers who got out of control – a sense of patriotism and unity was almost visceral.Antoine Griezmann, the France striker who scored one of the goal’s Sunday, told a news conference two days before the final, televised on BFM TV, that pride in country is in short supply.”We say it so little … We should be proud to be French,” Griezmann said.Mahmoud Bourassi was among those taking a longer-term view and he had some sobering thoughts about France’s run to the title and the festivities it has sparked.Bourassi runs a youth center in Bondy – Mbappe’s home that was among those scarred by riots in 2005 that exposed the fissures of France that have yet to heal – and he knows the teenage star of the tournament.”All this euphoria and effervescence, it’s positive but it’s emotional and ephemeral,” he said ahead of France’s win. Bourassi said sports is a “catalyst to bring people and nations together.” But, he added, it must be built on.”What we’re seeing is magic, exceptional. But what are we going to do with it tomorrow?” That is a question for President Emmanuel Macron, who was in Moscow celebrating with the team on victory night, and will receive the squad more formally on Monday at the presidential Elysee Palace.Revelers celebrated the moment.”We’re happy. It took 20 years … It’s the pride of the nation. It unites everyone. It federates,” Frederique Pourquet said as she and her friend left the Champs-Elysees.The win “shows that the French people are consolidated and the work of all France,” said Omar Bzi.Hajar Maghnaoui, of Asnieres, north of Paris, said “It’s a way to bring the French people together, and also the world.” (AP) APAAPAlast_img read more

16
Oct
2019

Will Ferrells Son Designs Charity Coffee Cup

first_imgLike father, like son. Two years after actor Will Ferrell finger-painted a snowman for 7-Eleven, Inc.’s holiday coffee cup, his son 5-year-old Mattias has taken over the cup-design duties, with a little help from dad.Will Ferrell and son design holiday hot-beverage cup for 7-Eleven to raise awareness of Cancer for College charity.Like his father, Mattias also drew a snowman, this time flanked by candy canes on a light blue cup that sports his father’s autograph and the Cancer For College charity’s logo.The snowman cups with the hand-drawn design are available now at participating 7-Eleven stores through Dec. 31, 2012, or while supplies last.Also in time for the holidays and complementary to the Ferrell coffee cup, is 7-Eleven’s new seasonal beverage – Peppermint Mocha Cappuccino. The wintery flavors of cool peppermint and rich chocolate are favorites and test well among consumers.The Ferrell family hopes to raise awareness for Cancer for College, a nonprofit organization founded by cancer survivor and Ferrell’s friend and fraternity brother Craig Pollard. The California-based charity offers support and inspiration to young cancer survivors through academic college scholarships.“If you compare the snowman Mattias drew for 7-Eleven’s holiday cup this year with the one I drew by myself in 2010, you can tell right away where he gets his artistic talent,” Ferrell said. “Both cups have snowmen and both give our family an opportunity to support Cancer for College, a great charity that helps cancer survivors get on with their lives — lives that may have been put on hold because of illness, treatment and resulting financial hardship.”To celebrate the launch of his son’s snowman cup, Ferrell appeared in The Grove in Los Angeles Tuesday to sign autographs and meet with fans. Cancer for College has been inspiring and empowering survivors since its inception in 1993 through college scholarships. The nonprofit organization has provided over $1.75 million in scholarships to more than 1,000 cancer survivors and amputees.“Two years ago, 7-Eleven helped Will spread the world about a little-known, but worthwhile organization that is important to him in a very personal way,” said Laura Gordon, 7-Eleven vice president of brand innovation. “Cancer for College has helped families who have been left with few financial resources for education after paying extraordinary medical expenses to save their child. 7-Eleven is supporting this organization by making a donation and raising awareness about such a commendable cause.”7-Eleven has pledged a $360,000 donation to Cancer for College.The personally designed cup can be filled with any 7-Eleven hot beverage and customized with an assortment of creams, syrups and spices at no extra charge.More information about 7-Eleven and Cancer for College can be found at 7-eleven.com, www.facebook.com/7Eleven, www.twitter.com/7Eleven and www.cancerforcollege.org, www.facebook.com/cancerforcollege.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more