After Sunday’s Football World Cup final, Paris quickly renamed six of its metro stations. This was done in honour of the French world cup win over Croatia (4-2).
Paris’ transport authority, the RATP, worked quickly to make these changes; most of them involve puns, or wordplay on members of the French football team. However, it remains to be seen how long the new names will be kept. So far, reactions on social media have been positive.
The stations renamed in Paris in honour of the French world cup win are:
[#MercilesBleus] La #RATP célèbre l’@equipedefrance sur son réseau. On vous dévoile 6 nouvelles stations de métro en l’honneur des Bleus #ChampionsDuMonde ! 🏆 🎁 Toutes les infos ➡ https://t.co/9TdZq7Uwmp #FiersdetreBleus pic.twitter.com/lAGJhLuBm8
— Groupe RATP (@GroupeRATP) July 16, 2018
- Avron station became ‘Nous Avron Gagné’, a play on the French term ‘nous avons gagné’ meaning ‘we have won’.
- Bercy now appears as ‘Bercy les Bleus’, a pun on ‘merci les blues,’ as the French tean are often called “Les Bleus”
- Charles de Gaulle – Etoil station was turned into ‘On a 2 Etoiles‘, which means ‘we have two stars. This references the two stars the team kit will now have due to thee second French world cup win.
- Champs Elysées Clemenceau station was renamed ‘Deschamps Elysées-Clemenceau’ in honour of manager Didier Deschamps
- Deschamps gets a second shout out at the Notre-Dame des Champs station, as it became ‘Notre Didier Deschamps’.
- Victor Hugo station was changed ‘Victor Hugo Lloris’ after the French captain and goalkeeper
Major cities celebrate the world cup
Next stop – Gareth Southgate! To celebrate the achievements of the @england men’s football team this summer, TfL & @VisaUK have temporarily renamed Southgate station on the @piccadillyline. Why not come down and post a #SouthgateSelfie pic.twitter.com/n8tR70qitd
— Transport for London 🌈 (@TfL) July 16, 2018
France is not the only country honouring its football players with renamed stations. In London, the Southgate station was also temporarily renamed ‘Gareth Southgate’. This has because of England’s manager; Gareth Southgate took the national team to its first World Cup semi-final since 1990. Similarly, Belgium, which won third place, changed Arts-Loi in Brussels to ‘Hazarts-Loi’, in reference to Eden Hazard.
The French world cup win led to spontaneous parties all over the county on Sunday. The areas around the Arc de Triomphe were filled with fireworks, and both the national flag and players’ faces were projected onto the monument. Over 100,000 people also gathered at the Eiffel Tower. However, there were also reports of violence in some cities due to out of control revelry.
Both Paris and Zagreb plan to host parades to welcome their teams home from Russia. The Paris parade celebrating the French world cup win is scheduled to take place on Monday evening. The winning team will also travel down the Champs-Elysees on a bus, holding the FIFA World Cup Trophy.