The 32-year-old Rakitic played 106 times for his country in a storied midfield partnership with Luka Modric that lasted for more than a decade.
Despite the goal drought, Deschamps stuck with the Chelsea striker, who featured in all of France's seven matches at the World Cup, and Giroud is happy to have played his role.
More than 100,000 people thronged the square to hail 'Vatreni' led by captain and World Cup Golden Ball winner Luka Modric.
Pussy Riot is most famous for performing an anti-Putin protest song in a central Moscow church in February 2012.
The former Everton striker, one of the finest players to come out of Australia, did not say if he would continue playing club football.
The numbers talk of a tournament where dullness was minimal — England-Belgium and France- Denmark in the group stages and England-Sweden in the quarters are exceptions.
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This year's World Cup was never going to be a refuge from politics when it was being staged in Putin's Russia, but the players did their best to keep the tournament for themselves.
France are world champions for the second time as Les Bleus ran wild while Croatia's energy reserves ran dry to win a thrilling final.
The bells of Notre Dame cathedral in central Paris also rang out in the immediate aftermath of the game to mark the triumph.
Deschamps becomes only the third man to win the World Cup as both a player and a coach after leading France to their maiden title in 1998 as captain.
FIFA President Gianni Infantino said that the World Cup had a profound effect on Russia and will influence Qatar as well.
The 1966 winners England will face either Russia or Croatia on July 11 at the Luzhniki Stadium for a place in the final.
For Sweden, who failed to qualify for the previous two World Cups, it was their best result since finishing third at the 1994 finals.
People erupted in celebration and the beer went flying as England reached the World Cup semi-finals for the first time in 28 years.