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George Clooney to Donkey-on-Seine – The hilarious English version of the Paris Metro map

Have you ever been from Goblins to Donkey Four Roads? You might have done the trip without knowing it, because these are two of the stations on the (very loose) translation of the Paris Metro map.

George Clooney to Donkey-on-Seine - The hilarious English version of the Paris Metro map
Photo: AFP/MetroMashCo

The newly translated map – which takes one of two linguistic liberties but is also very funny, is the brainchild of MetroMash.

Since 2012 MetroMash has created English versions of the metro in Copenhagen, Oslo, Stockholm and Berlin.

They've now turned their attention to Paris, with such gems as Cannonball Street, Sheep Duvernet, The Skinner and Beards. You might know these locations better as Rue des Boulets, Mouton Duvernet, Le Peletier and Bourse.

The full map is available on website MetroMash.

Photo: MetroMash

“The project aims to blend linguistic accuracy, historical facts, and whimsical humour,” MetroMash founder Barrington Russel told The Local. 

“We are not rigorous with our logic or translations, preferring to take the route of 'most fun' where possible.”

All their maps had received both applause and criticism, although the French turned out to be the most severe judges in their feedback on the map, Russel said.

“We find this incredibly funny since it sits precisely with our notion of the uptight and disinterested, too-chic-to-laugh Parisian stereotype,” he said. “They're mostly angry at our mistreatment of their sacred history.”

However the map did not appear overnight. It was a result of two weeks of research, translation and verification together with French-speakers, followed by another two weeks to recreate the map.

“The payoff is when it gets released and the feedback (both joyous and hateful) starts to come in. That's when the real fun starts,” Russel said.

To access an interactive version of the map, click here.

 

Photo: MetroMash

 

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Striking workers block Paris airport terminal, flights delayed

Striking airport workers have blocked part Paris’s Charles de Gaulle airport, with some flights already delayed by at least one hour.

Striking workers block Paris airport terminal, flights delayed
Striking airport workers outside Charles-de-Gaulle airport in Paris. Photo: Geoffroy van der Hasselt | AFP

Last month, trade unions representing workers at the Aéroports de Paris (ADP) – the city’s Charles-de-Gaulle-Roissy and Orly airports – called for a strike between July 1st and July 5th in an ongoing dispute between French airport workers and bosses over contract renegotiations.

A second wave of protests are expected next week, after a strike notice was filed for July 9th.

Tensions mounted on Friday morning as some 400 protesters staged a raucous demonstration at CDG’s terminal 2E, which mostly deals with flights outside the Schengen zone, as police officers looked on.

At Orly airport, meanwhile, some 250 people demonstrated “outside”, while a small group was inside.

The dispute is over a long-term plan by ADP to bring in new work contracts for employees at the airports, which unions say will lower pay, job losses and a reduction in rights and bonuses for employees.

The strike is being jointly called by the CGT, CFE-CGE, Unsa, CFDT and FO unions, who said in a joint press release that the proposals will “definitively remove more than a month’s salary from all employees and force them to accept geographical mobility that will generate additional commuting time”.

Unions say that staff face dismissal if they do not sign the new contracts.

ADP said on Wednesday that it expected ‘slight delays for some flights but no cancellations’ to services – but it urged travellers to follow its social media operations for real-time updates.

On Thursday, the first day of action, 30 percent of flights were delayed between 15 minutes and half-an-hour.

ADP’s CEO Augustin de Romanet had said on Tuesday that ‘everything would be done to ensure no flight is cancelled’. 

ADP reported a loss of €1.17 billion in 2020. 

Stressing that discussions are continuing over the proposed new contracts, the CEO called for “an effort of solidarity, with a red line: no forced layoffs.”

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