In continuation of celebrations of France’s World Cup triumph, six Paris metro stations have been renamed in honour of their victorious team which conquered Croatia 4-2 in Sunday’s rollercoaster final.
Among the changes, station Victor Hugo became “Victor Hugo Lloris”, named after the team’s captain and goalkeeper, while 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”.
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, AFP writes.
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 got the distinction of becoming only the third man to win the World Cup as player and coach after captaining the 1998 side.
According to Paris transport operator RATP, the changes represent “winks” to the team, adding that 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 at the Elysee Palace.