America is back. But so, if the crowds are to be believed, is France. Having defeated Germany 1-0 in the European Championships on Tuesday, Les Bleus next faces Hungary, whose chances of an upset against the reigning world champions are assumed to be slight.

In Nice, on Tuesday night, the performance – laboured and distinctly pedestrian – mattered less than the result, and the fans poured out of the city’s sports bars in huge numbers. Le Cours Saleya, a pedestrian zone in the heart of the Old Town, erupted in celebration.