"There is still one more step to take, but we are proud of what we have done".
"Didier Deschamps is still on track to join Brazilian legend Mario Zagalle and Germany's Franz Beckenbauer, the only two heroes who have reigned over planet football as both player and coach", the broadsheet wrote.
"Football is attractive because we can make our supporters and all of the French people feel emotions", the captain said.
President Emmanuel Macron, who attended Tuesday's match, plans to return to Russian Federation for the final with his wife Brigitte on Sunday, his office told AFP on Wednesday. "Everyone is with us, we're all in this together".
"It is something exceptional - I am very happy for my players", he said. Our players are the ambassadors and football has the power to spread the message of unity and I think we are doing the same.
"At that time I didn't know him but now he's been playing for a year and a half". "It was so painful two years ago we have to savor it". We had the chance to win the final of the Euros, but we missed a wonderful thing and we must not let this chance pass.
Samuel Umtiti scored the only goal of the game in Saint Petersburg as Les Bleus kept the Belgians at bay and Deschamps, who captained the 1998 World Cup champions, was pleased for his young squad.
"Forty-nine days together, it is a lot of things, hard things, the group stage, it is the merit of everyone".
Goal scorer Umtiti said the win had come on the back of the work of the entire team.
"A lot of pride", said the defender.
"But we can only go so far".