France went ahead soon after half time through a header from Samuel Umtiti before diligently defending their area to secure their place in the final. "But it was Europe which won, and it would be amusing if we were to beat the English", said 45-year-old Francois Garnier who watched the game near the Eiffel Tower.
Didier Deschamps' side will now face the victor of Wednesday's tie between England and Croatia in Moscow.
France face the Croats in the World Cup final at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium on Sunday, but they are rejecting the favourites tag which cost them dearly two years ago, he said. He is very listened to in the group.
"We have Eden Hazard and Kevin De Bruyne, they have Mbappe, [Antoine] Griezmann, so many good players".
France President Emmanuel Macron was on hand for the game in St Petersburg and came down to the dressing room to celebrate with the players and staff.
Shearer is expecting a thrilling contest between France and Belgium after strong displays in the knockout stages so far from Didier Deschamps' and Roberto Martinez's teams. We have no doubts, we play together, that's our strength. Belgium, ranked third globally by Fifa, has played in 13 editions of the Fifa World Cup.
"Forty-nine days together, it is a lot of things, hard things, the group stage, it is the merit of everyone". After winning Group D, Croatia beat Denmark and Russian Federation in penalty kicks to get to this point, while England knocked out Colombia in the round of 16 in penalties before taking down Sweden in the quarterfinals.
Goal scorer Umtiti said the win had come on the back of the work of the entire team. "And in my role I've got the eyes into Euro 2020 so it's not the right moment to make an assessment just yet". They worked in '98 and we worked today, we reached out target to get to the final.