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World Cup: what to expect in Nantes on Sunday for the France-Argentina final?


Transport, gatherings, opening of stores, security arrangements: an overview of things to know to experience the World Cup final in Qatar from Nantes.

Le Figaro Nantes

The French football team completes its brilliant career at the World Cup in Qatar, this Sunday at 4 p.m.

The Argentines, playing unspectacular but effective, like the French, will be the last obstacle to overcome for the men of Didier Deschamps if they want to once again bring the trophy "home" and retain their title.

Beyond the confrontation between the two teams, the distance duel between Kylian Mbappé and Lionel Messi should spark.

It remains to be seen in what state of health the Blues will be: after Rabiot, Upamecano and Coman, now Varane and Konaté are also suffering from a virus.

To make the most of this final in Nantes and the resulting festivities, here is the information you need to know.

No buses and trams between 5:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.

As in the semi-final between France and Morocco on Wednesday, Semitan decided to activate a “social demonstration” type device this Sunday afternoon.

Consequence: no bus or tram will run in the city center between 5:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.

The request for this cut had been made by the FO and CFDT unions.

Once again, the management of Semitan was on their side.

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Here is the list of closures to anticipate.

They will be more important than Wednesday.

In total, they impact the three tram lines, four chronobuses and five buses:

  • Line 1 of the tramway: cut between Commerce and Bouffay;

  • Line 2 of the tramway: cut at Commerce – no line 2 south;

  • Line 3 of the tramway: cut between Commerce and Hôtel Dieu;

  • Line C1: cut between Foch and Copernic;

  • Line C2: terminus at Talensac;

  • Line C3: cut between Copernic and Gare Sud;

  • Line C6: cut between Foch and Delorme;

  • Line 11: cut between Foch and Copernic;

  • Line 12: cut between Foch and Talensac;

  • Line 23: cut between Talensac and Copernic;

  • Line 26: cut between République and Delorme;

  • Line 54: terminus at Delorme.

Unchanged hours for the exceptional opening of shops

As the end of the year celebrations approach, Nantes businesses have the right to be open this Sunday.

The World Cup final doesn't change that.

The times indicated for several weeks remain the same: the exceptional opening will take place between noon and 7 p.m.

However, the association of Nantes merchants "Plein Center" had requested an adjustment from the town hall because of the final of the Blues.

She advocated an opening between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., citing the closure of transport and a fear of

“probable festive overflows at the end of the match”


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A request refused by the town hall, which explained that such a modification of the schedules should require an order and therefore the urgent holding of the municipal council and the metropolitan council.

However, a convocation of elected officials at the last minute was not considered.

Still no giant screen

Unlike the cities of Saint-Nazaire and La Baule which have announced the installation of a giant screen to follow the World Cup final, this will not be the case in Nantes.

On this point, the municipality is sticking to its positions.

A choice assumed last October in a press release: “

At a time of social and ecological emergency, we cannot close our eyes to the conditions for organizing this World Cup.


A “banderazo” at 2 p.m. Place Royale

On Facebook, the "Argentines of Nantes" fans of Lionel Messi and Albiceleste announce the organization of a "banderazo" from 2 p.m. on Place Royal.

This word, which translates as "huge flag", refers to the traditional festive gatherings of Argentine fans before a football match.

On the menu: many songs dedicated to the glory of Argentine football and its idols like Messi and Maradona.

A good way to warm up and share the love of the round ball with the opposing camp before the start of the final.

Safety: fireworks prohibited

As for the security system put in place to supervise the match and the potential festivities to follow, the Loire-Atlantique prefecture is not very talkative.

As usual, it is impossible to know how many police forces will be mobilized.

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On the other hand, two elements are known: the sale and use of fireworks (fireworks and firecrackers) are prohibited from this Friday 8 a.m. until Monday morning 8 a.m.

The purchase, sale and transport of retail fuel (cans, jerry cans, etc.) are also prohibited between this Friday 8 p.m. and Monday 8 a.m.

On the other hand, the decree prohibiting the sale of alcoholic drinks to take away, taken during the semi-final between France and Morocco, was not renewed for the final this Sunday.

Source: lefigaro

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