Wednesday, January 19

Joséphine Baker: will her name soon be attached to the “Gaîté” metro station?

A few days before his induction into the Pantheon scheduled for November 30, the name of the Franco-American artist will be added to the “Gaîté” station on line 13 of the Paris metro.

Dancer, singer, magazine leader but above all a valiant resistant, Joséphine Baker will make her entry into the Pantheon, where “the Great Men and Great Women of the Nation” rest, this Tuesday, November 30.

The Presidency of the Republic has also launched a new tribute to continue to salute his memory. To this end, the artist’s name will appear at the “Gaîté” stop on line 13 of the Paris metro.

Located in the heart of the 14th arrondissement of Paris, the resort was chosen for its proximity to the famous performance hall, Bobino. This was the last scene the Baker star shone on. A few days before his death, this symbol of Paris in the 1920s celebrated his 50-year career there.

A decision not yet taken

However, the renaming of the station “Gaîté” has not yet been completed. The decision rests with Ile-de-France Mobilités, the body in charge of Parisian transport.

According to FranceInfo, other possibilities are also being considered, such as giving the name Joséphine Baker to a new station on the future Grand Paris Express metro lines.

For the moment, of the 304 metro stations in Paris, only seven bear the names of emblematic French women: Barbès-Rochechouart, Boucicaut, Chardon-Lagache, Pierre and Marie Curie, Europe-Simone Veil, Louise Michel and Madeleine.

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