France’s victorious FIFA World Cup team is to receive the country’s highest accolade, the Légion d’Honneur.
France beat Croatia 4-2 in the football final in Moscow yesterday – its second World Cup win in 20 years.
Meanwhile coach Didier Deschamps will have a subway train station named after him to celebrate the win and poet Victor Hugo will have to share his memorial slot on Paris’s transport map with the team’s goalkeeper and captain.
As “Les Bleus” headed home with the World Cup troph, the French capital’s RATP transport authority said it was renaming six metro subway stations in their honour for the day.
One station, Notre-Dame des Champs, will now be called Notre Didier Deschamps (Our Didier Deschamps), in an hommage to the coach.
Didier Deschamps is one of just three men in the history of the World Cup to take the trophy as team coach after winning it as a player – he helped the team to its first victory in the tournament in 1998.
Victor Hugo station is being renamed Victor Hugo Lloris after captain and goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.
Bercy station will become “Bercy les Bleus”, close to “Merci Les Bleus”.
“Les Bleus” will have a parade on the Champs Elysees.
At one end of that avenue another subway stop called “Charles de Gaulle – Etoile” is being renamed “On a 2 +�toiles”, replacing the wartime leader with the boast “We have two stars”, one for each World Cup win.
England, which surprised many by getting as far as the semis, has changed Southgate station on the London Underground to Gareth Southgate Station in honour of the national coach.