Paris renames metro stations to honor World Cup champions

Published on : Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Paris-metroSix metro stations of Paris were temporarily renamed in the honor of France’s World Cup winning champions following their 4-2 rollercoaster victory against Croatia.


Among the modifications, station Victor Hugo’s name was altered to ‘Victor Hugo Lloris’, named in the honor of the team’s captain and goalkeeper whose half mistake gave Croatia faint hopes of a late comeback.


The metro stop at Bercy became ‘Bercy les Bleus’ that is a play on words to thank the team.


The station Avron has taken the name ‘Nous Avron Gagne’ that is a play on the French implying ‘We have won’. Charles de Gaulle-Etoile was turned into ‘On a 2 Etoiles’ meaning ‘We have two stars’ that refers to the nation’s first World Cup win on home soil in 1998 and last night’s victory in Russia.


Notre-Dame des Champs has currently become ‘Notre Didier Deschamps’.


On the other hand, Champs-Elysees-Clemenceau has been changed to ‘Deschamps Elysees-Clemenceau’ both stations pay tribute to the team’s coach Didier Deschamps who was also a midfielder in the 1998 side.


The changes represent “winks” to the team, Paris transport operator RATP said Monday.


It went on to assert that the squad will utilize an open top double-decker electric bus to greet fans between the Place de l’Etoile, site of the Arc de Triomphe, and the Elysee Palace.


The players are expected to land at Roissy Airport on Monday afternoon and will be taken directly to the celebrations before being received by President Emmanuel Macron.


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