Paris renames metro stations to honour World Cup stars

People took pictures of the new sign reading
People took pictures of the new sign reading "On a deux etoiles" ("We have two stars") at Etoile metro station | © AFP | Thomas SAMSON

Paris (AFP) |

Among the changes, station Victor Hugo became “Victor Hugo Lloris”, named after the team’s captain and goalkeeper, whose second half mistake gave Croatia faint hopes of a late comeback.

The metro stop at Bercy has become “Bercy les Bleus”, a play on words to thank the team. The station Avron has taken the name “Nous Avron Gagne”, a play on the French to mean “We have won”.

The Paris metro station Bercy was renamed
The Paris metro station Bercy was renamed “Bercy les Bleus” as a tribute to the French football team | © AFP | Bertrand GUAY

Charles de Gaulle-Etoile was turned into “On a 2 Etoiles”, meaning “We have two stars” — referring to the country’s first World Cup win on home soil in 1998 and last night’s victory in Russia.

Notre-Dame des Champs has become “Notre Didier Deschamps”, while 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.

The new
The new “Deschamps – Elysees Clemenceau” metro sign refers to France national football team coach Didier Deschamps at the Champs – Elysees Clemenceau metro station | © AFP | Thomas SAMSON

It said the squad will use 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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