As fans celebrate France’s World Cup win over Morocco, a boy is ‘violently hit’ by a car in Montpellier.

A suspect driving a car in the southern French city of Montpellier “hit” and “violently killed” a teenager as crowds celebrated France’s victory in the World Cup semifinals, local authorities said on Thursday.

The vehicle was found nearby, but the driver fled. Police are trying to locate the suspect and have launched an investigation into the exact circumstances of the incident, according to Montpellier prosecutors.

Video surfaced on Twitter showing a car being driven dangerously close to crowds on the road after France’s national team won against Morocco on Wednesday night.

The 14-year-old, whose name has not been released, was taken to a hospital and died from his injuries, authorities said.

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French lawmaker Nathalie Oziol expressed her “immense sadness that a sporting event has ended in absolute tragedy”.

French fans celebrate a victory in the quarter-finals football match of the World Cup 2022 in Qatar between Morocco and France in a bar in Montpellier.  Later that evening, during the celebrations, a teenager was hit by a car and killed.  Police found the car, but the suspect fled the scene.

French fans celebrate a victory in the quarter-finals football match of the World Cup 2022 in Qatar between Morocco and France in a bar in Montpellier. Later that evening, during the celebrations, a teenager was hit by a car and killed. Police found the car, but the suspect fled the scene.
(Ameer Alhalbi/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

Elsewhere in France, crowds in Paris and other cities erupted in cheers as France – which has a large Moroccan community – advanced to the World Cup final. The ads were relatively restrained. Disappointed Moroccan fans mingled with the winning team’s elated supporters, applauding the African country’s unprecedented performance.

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In the capital of neighboring Belgium, which also has a sizable Moroccan community, about 100 people were arrested late Wednesday after football fans shot firecrackers at police and damaged cars in central Brussels, police spokeswoman Ilse Van de Keere said.

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