A car “slammed into” and killed a boy in the southern French city of Montpellier as crowds celebrated France’s World Cup semi-final victory, according to local authorities.
The driver fled the scene, but the vehicle was found nearby, and police are investigating what may have caused the vehicle to strike the child, authorities in Arrow said.
Video has surfaced on Twitter showing a car dangerously approaching crowds on a street following the French national team’s win over Morocco on Wednesday night.
The boy, who has not been named, was taken to hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. French media said he was 14 years old.
French MP Nathalie Oziol expressed her “great sadness at the absolute tragedy of the sporting event”.
Elsewhere in France, crowds in Paris and other cities erupted in cheers as France advanced to the World Cup final. Show relative restraint. Disappointed Moroccan fans mingled with enthusiastic supporters of the winning team to pay tribute to the African nation’s unprecedented achievement.
In the capital of Belgium. Police spokesman Ilse Van de Keere said about 100 people were detained in central Brussels on Wednesday night after fans fired fireworks at police and damaged cars.