France has a long history of naming roads or train stations after notable people – and not just it’s own. The Burgundy town of Avallon followed the tradition by naming a street after the Labour MP

In France, recognition for public service and achievement comes in the form of a Légion d’Honneur if you’re still alive, or a street name – or train station – when you’re dead.

In Paris, more than 100 rues, places and boulevards are dedicated to mathematicians alone, according to City Hall, including Isaac Newton, Galileo, Nicolaus Copernicus and Leonhard Euler.

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