Poltics Rugby World Cup arrives with a bang as Stade de France is lit up with fireworks and 240 volunteers put on a show in opening ceremony… but President Emmanuel Macron is BOOED
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By Luke Vitality For Mailonline
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The Rugby World Cup began with an extravagant opening ceremony at the Stade de France ahead of the host nation’s clash with New Zealand.
Fans had been treated to a boisterous and quaint show infused with French culture, with a gigantic replica Eiffel Tower in the center of the stadium, a flyover in their flag’s colours, and a baguette masquerading as a rugby ball.
Fireworks fizzed out of the high of the ground and 240 volunteers carried out to herald the arrival of a tournament which is able to hasten until October 28.
French president Emmanuel Macron was greeted with a chorus of boos as he took to the rostrum to present a speech.
However, those boos soon grew to turn into into chants of ‘Allez les Bleus’ as he declared: ‘I wish you all a fantastic World Cup in France, beefy of courage and panache… The time has near. I now declare the Rugby World Cup open!’
A gigantic replica Eiffel Tower was erected in the center of the Stade de France in a vibrant showcase of French culture
A performance from around 240 volunteers entertained fans as the show built to a crescendo
President Emmanuel Macron gave a rallying speech but was initially booed by spectators
The ceremony began with actor Jean Dujardin wheeling his way into search with a stack of baguettes on a wooden contraption, handing them out to various of us as traditional French song played.
What adopted was a dance and a adore story, as Dujardin seen a lady in pink across the ground.
Prominent French singer Vianney, who has previously collaborated with Ed Sheeran, also made an appearance, and Zaz sang to soundtrack a dance in pairs, with Dujardin enjoying a twirl with his newfound adore.
There was even William Webb Ellis, long credited as the inventor of rugby, as a fake projection of him made a speech about the game.
Performers gathered into a scrum and the impresive Eiffel Tower model was erected in the centre of the stadium.
As the song built to a crescendo, fireworks boomed out of the high of the ground and the tricolour flag was drawn over the stadium as planes zoomed overhead.
Each competing nation’s flag was on display to characterize the teams vying to be back in Paris towards the finish of October.
Actor Jean Dujardin was the central determine in a carefully choreographed performance
Zaz sang a traditional French song as actors and actresses danced to her tune
French singer Vianney, who has previously collaborated with Ed Sheeran, showed his face
Performers formed the largest scrum you may peek this World Cup as the show continued
Dujardin was suspended in the air as the outskirts of Paris became the heart of world rugby
Rugby fever was in beefy swing among of us who had secured tickets, with many fans sporting fancy costume