A public vote to name two Paris stations has turned into a battle over a sexist rail map

To travel on the Paris métro is to take a journey through French – and world – history. Honoured with a station name are war heroes, statesmen, artists and writers including Charles de Gaulle, Markos Botsaris, Franklin D Roosevelt and Victor Hugo.

But notable by their absence are women. Only four of the 303 stops on 16 lines are named after female figures, French or otherwise.

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