"Les Bleus", a dynamic, young team that won an open, fast-paced final 4-2 with Croatia in Moscow, appeared at the Elysee palace, where they burst into a spontaneous rendition of the "La Marseillaise" national anthem with President Emmanuel Macron and his wife.
The national team's official Twitter account posted a video of defender Benjamin Mendy boarding the bus, with the message: "We go back to France with the Cup and one more star".
Almost 3,000 guests were received in the Elysee gardens, including around 1,000 youths from local football clubs such as Bondy, the gritty Paris suburb whose towering housing blocks produced rising star forward Kylian Mbappe. "We are happy. Long live France", he said.
It announced that several train stations were being changed for a short time to honor the players and the team's coach, Didier Deschamps.
Their destination was the Elysee Palace, where they met with president Emmanuel Macron, who himself was joining in with the team's celebrations in Russian Federation the night before.
Penalty shoot-out victories over Denmark and Russian Federation followed in the last 16 and quarter-finals, respectively, before a 2-1 win against England in extra-time saw them reach their first ever World Cup final.
World Cup, World Cup and more World Cup - that's all France is talking about.
The Etoile station is, for now, "On a 2 Etoiles" (We have 2 stars), to denote France's second World Cup victory.
The victory came at a time when many French were in need of good news, and the magic provided a sense that a grand coming together might at least paper over political, economic and social fissures for a while.
That is a play on the French national saying, "Liberte, Egalite, Fraternite". Typically, celebrations in France end up with some broken shop windows and other destruction, and Sunday was no exception.
Last night, police in Paris fired tear gas and dispersed crowds from the Champs Elysees after clashes with a small group of unruly fans threatened to spoil the celebrations.
French media reported that authorities detained 90 people for questioning in the Paris region and some 290 around France.