French merchants boarded up the shops on the Champs-Élysées avenue in Paris in anticipation of possible celebrations, while the metro of the capital covered the name of the station “Argentina” to prepare for the World Cup final on Sunday.
France will face Argentina in Qatar on Sunday, in a match in which both nations will seek their third trophy.
“I am sure that France will win, it is a very united team, with a young spirit and with the potential to win”, said Xavier Grand-Jacquot in a wintry Paris. “It’s a spectacular team and they’re going to go all the way.”
The Paris metro temporarily renamed the metro station “Argentina” as “France”, covering the name with banners of “Allez les Bleus” (Come on the blues).
“By the history”, urged the French the weekend newspaper Le Journal du Dimanchefor which a victory would make them the first consecutive champions since Brazil in 1962.
The Ministry of the Interior reported that they had deployed 14,000 police officers in France, 2,750 of them in Paristo prevent the celebrations from getting out of control.
The shops of the elegant Champs Elysées, which will probably be the center of the celebrations in the event of a victory, they closed their storefronts as a precautionary measure.
(With information from Reuters)