France's World Cup Win: Premier League Star To Have Paris Metro Station Named After Him
The France team that claimed the World Cup in a pulsating final in Moscow yesterday will return to an underground tribute in Paris.
The RATP group which operates the underground rail network in the French capital has renamed six metro stations in honour of the squad and their manager.
Captain Hugo Lloris will be the only individual player to be honoured for his role in leading his nation to a second ever World Cup.
The station Victor Hugo, which one honoured the famous author, has been renamed Victor Hugo Lloris.
Meanwhile, manager Didier Deschamps' will have the unprecedented honour of having two stations named after him.
With the stop Champs Elysées Clemenceau being renamed as the Deschamps Elysées-Clémenceau and the station Notre-Dame des Champs being renamed as Notre Didier Deschamps.
There have also been two more general tributes to the achievements of Les Bleus.
Charles de Gaulle - Etoile has been changed to On a 2 Etoiles meaning ‘we have two stars’, a reference to the star which France bear on their jersey which is representative of their previous sole World Cup and will now be joined by a second.
The station Bercy has been changed to Bercy les Bleus, while the station Avron has been altered to Nous Avron Gagné, a play on the phrase nous avon gagne, which means ‘we won’. It's not clear how long these titles will last before they're reverted back to their normal titles.
The victorious squad will parade through the streets of a capital that enjoyed raucous celebrations last night at around 4PM with afternoon to soak up the good feeling from a populous whose summers they’ve enriched with their performances.
That’ll be followed by a presidential reception at the nearby Elysées Palace, where they’ll receive the Légion d'Honneur, the highest honour that can be bestowed on French citizen.