6 Paris metro stations renamed to mark France’s triumph

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Paris, July 16 (IANS) Six Paris metro stations have been temporarily renamed to mark France’s triumph at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, transport authorities RATP Group said on Monday.

Avron station has become “Nous Avron Gagne” referring to a similar sounding phrase in French “Nous Avons Gagne”, which means “We have won”, reports Sputnik news agency.

Charles de Gaulle-Etoile station turned into “On a 2 Etoiles,” which means “We have two stars” in reference to the second star over the badge on the national team’s shirts commemorating the number of times they have won the FIFA World Cup.

Victor Hugo station was renamed “Victor Hugo Lloris” to mark the contribution of France captain and goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.

Bercy has become “Bercy Les Bleus,” which is a word-play since “Bercy” sounds similar to the French “merci” meaning “thank you”.

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The name of France’s head coach who steered his side to triumph now appears on two stations, with Notre-Dame des Champs having been renamed “Notre Didier Deschamps”, and Champs Elysees-Clemenceau becoming “Deschamps Elysees-Clemenceau.”

–IANS

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