A 14-year-old boy is reportedly dead after he was run over by a car in the southern French city of Montpellier.

The incident happened shortly after France’s win over Morocco in the World Cup 2022. The win pushed the country to the World Cup final where they will be facing the Lionel Messi-led Argentina team.

In a report by BBC, the boy was allegedly struck by a car after the match and died later on at the hospital. Images on social media showed a vehicle draped in French tricolor, surrounded by people who later grabbed the flag.

Mobbed, the driver appeared to panic and accelerated the car and into two teenagers. The car would turn around and sped off. The 14-year-old boy was hit and went into cardiac arrest.

"Immense sadness that a sporting event should end in total tragedy," said local MP Nathalie Oziol, who expressed her sympathy with the boy's family.

The vehicle was later found by authorities in the southern Hérault area abandoned. Police are now searching for the driver.

Mayor Michaël Delafosse was appalled by the terrible incident and is hoping that the person behind the incident would be caught and brought to justice.

Local MP Patrick Vignal said the driver had to be caught and severely punished.

The incident happened roughly half an hour after the final whistle in Qatar where France won over Morocco, 2-0, in Montpellier's north-western district of La Paillade.

Tensions between fans of the two countries spilled over in the center of the city as flares were lit and police responded with tear gas. France is home to a large community of Moroccans, reportedly about 1.5 million people.

Celebrations in cities across France were largely peaceful, although police used tear gas to halt trouble involving far-right youths in the center of Lyon.

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