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These celebrations show just how much it means for France to reach the Euro 2016 final

Tournament hosts France will take on Portugal in the final on Sunday.

There were approximately 100,000 fans in the fan zone in Paris to watch the semi-final.
There were approximately 100,000 fans in the fan zone in Paris to watch the semi-final.
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WHEN A COUNTRY needs a boost, it can often turn to its sports teams to get that desired feel-good factor.

And last night, France manager Didier Deschamps claimed his team’s performances in the European Championships was helping to lift a nation as they secured their place in the final of Euro 2016 with a victory over world champions Germany.

And judging by the scenes in the fan zone in Paris on Thursday evening, the former French captain is right.

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“We don’t have the power to solve the French people’s problems but we can ease their worries,” said Deschamps after the semi-final.

“There is a lot of passion and fervour. There is a lot of happiness all over France tonight. We experience the passion when we talk to the people.”

France2 Fans celebrate Antoine Griezmann's second goal.

“Now the players are well aware of that power, and what they can give to the French people by wearing these colours,” the French manager said.

“When you see the passion, inside and outside the stadium, this team has everything it takes to be loved, the players are performing well on the pitch and I’m very proud.”

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