Paris renames Metro stations to honour World Cup win

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Paris renames Metro stations to honour World Cup win
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Paris Metro passengers will be forgiven if they miss their usual stop on Monday after transport chiefs changed the names of some stations to honour the heroes of France's World Cup win in Russia. And Mona Lisa also donned a French football shirt with two stars.


Paris transport authorities RATP have decided to hail the victorious Les Bleus in their own way.

After the cup final win workers were busy putting up new names of Metro stations in honour of France's victory.

Some six stations have been given new names, although it is not clear how long they will last, with some of them honouring the players and the manager behind the stunning victory.

Champs Elysées Clemenceau on line 13 was renamed Deschamps Elysées-Clemenceau in honour of the French coach Didier Deschamps, who won the World Cup as a captain in 1998 and now as a manager.

On Line 12 Notre-Dame des Champs was also changed to honour the coach and became Notre Didier Deschamps.

The station Victor Hugo on line 2 no longer honours the famous French author but the goalkeeper of the French national national team. The name has been changed to Victor Hugo Lloris.

And Charles de Gaulle - Etoile at the top of the Champs Elysées on line 2 has simply been named "On a 2 Etoiles" (We have 2 stars) in reference to the fact that France has now won the World Cup twice and their shirts can now bear two stars instead of just one.

Bercy on lines 6 and 14 has been renamed Bercy les Bleus, presumably a play words that rhymes with "Merci les bleus", and the station Avron on Line 2 has been changed to "Nous Avron Gagné".

Metro users loved the quick change of names and suggested more Metro stations could have been renamed.

Paris transport chiefs were not the only ones having fun after the final. The famous Louvre museum, home to the Mona Lisa painting tweeted out a picture showing Da Vinci's masterpiece wearing a French football shirt with two stars adorned above the crest.

Her smile had definitely broadened.


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