World Cup 2018: Honoring champions Paris renames metro stations


Paris renames metro stations after the French team World Cup 2018 triumph.

In honor of champions’ station, Victor Hugo became “Victor Hugo Lioris”, named after skipper-goalkeeper, whose error gave Croatia hopes of a late comeback in the game after they trailing by 3 goals.

The metro stop Bercy becomes “Bercy les Bleus”, a play on greet and thank the team. Station Avron turns to “Nous Avron Gagne”­—in French  “ We have won”.

Charles de Gaulle-Etoile was reading 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.

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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