Charles Luylier (at Port, Reunion)
07:06, December 05, 2022
While the biggest French cities have said no to fan zones for this World Cup, only the town of Le Port, on Reunion Island, has installed a giant outdoor screen, to allow supporters to follow the matches. This Sunday, they were 600 to have moved to experience the victory of the Blues in the round of 16.
The adventure of the Blues continues in the quarter-finals, after a sumptuous victory this Sunday against Poland, 3 goals to 1, thanks to Olivier Giroud and Kylian Mbappé, the duo of the match. A meeting that the majority of French people have probably followed on the radio or on television. No fan zone in France except on Reunion Island where the city of Le Port has installed a giant outdoor screen. The atmosphere was guaranteed there, as Europe 1 could see.
A victory celebrated in the city part of the night
Under a temperature of 26 degrees and when night had already fallen, some 600 supporters brought folding chairs and bottles of water to last 90 minutes. Total change of scenery for Guilaine, a tourist. She left Pontarlier, in the Doubs, two days ago. “It’s not possible to experience that in Pontarlier, it’s 1 degree so without the big down jacket, we wouldn’t have been able to. Anyway, there are no fan zones, so we don’t have this atmosphere,” she says.
A sweetness quickly cooled by the lack of realism of the Blues. Rose-Marie holds her breath. “We are waiting for it to score because we want France to take off”
Wish granted a few minutes later. A first goal, then two more in the second half, synonymous with deliverance for everyone. “Allez les Bleus!”, “France has the best!”, “See you in the quarter-finals!”… chant the supporters who, after Poland’s almost anecdotal goal, left this fan zone to parade in the streets of the city a good part of the night.