SNCF has introduced newly-designed TGV Océane trains on the line linking Paris-Montparnasse station with Bordeaux and Toulouse in south-western France. SNCF Voyageurs chief executive Florence Parly joined by Alain Vidalies, French minister of state for transport, oceans and fisheries on the first train as it left Bordeaux-St-Jean station.
Dozens of rail passengers have been injured in France following a collision between a tree and a regional train in the south of the country. The tree fell onto the tracks at Saint-Aunes in the Herault region, leaving the line between Montpellier and Nimes blocked.
Ryanair has called again on the European Commission to take action to prevent the skies over Europe being closed once more by French air traffic controllers’ union strikes, targeting the European Championships. Ryanair has been forced to cancel 44 flights on Tuesday, to/from and over France, in what will be the 50th French strike since 2009, and tenth in the past 12 weeks.
A record 24 sides will contest the 15th UEFA European Championship in France over the next four weeks, with kick-off later today. A much fancied France side will take on Romania in Paris, with hundreds of thousands of tourists expected to visit the destination before the final on July 10th.
The parents and sisters of 12-year-old Jessica Lawson have arrived in France to begin the repatriation of her body. The schoolgirl died earlier this week during a swimming accident after she fell into a lake near Meymac in the Massif Central region of the country.
Passenger at the Port of Calais continued to be hit by disruption this morning as a strike by ferry workers entered a third day. MyFerryLink workers walked out on Monday over the sale of the company’s ferries to the rival firm DFDS Seaways. The sale is expected to be completed tomorrow, when MyFerryLink will also cease operations.
International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach and French president François Hollande met again earlier at The Olympic Museum in Lausanne. On the agenda is a possible French Olympic bid from Paris for the Olympic Games 2024. Paris moved a step closer to bidding for the 2024 Olympic Games earlier this month after the city council adopted a resolution in favour of hosting the Games.
More than a third of flights to and from France are expected to be cancelled today as members of the SNCTA union walk out on strike in a dispute over working conditions. The largest union in France has called for a strike over proposals to raise the retirement age for air traffic controllers by two years to 59.
Gare de l’Est in Paris has been evacuated following an alleged bomb threat. The closure of the Parisian station follows the arrest of terrorism suspects overnight during a series of raids at properties across France.
The bustling French Alps village, Samoëns, has appointed travel PR specialists McCluskey International as its UK PR agency, with a brief to raise the destination’s profile in the UK. McCluskey International has been briefed to start work on the account with immediate effect, implementing a strategic consumer press office and press trip calendar in the UK for the winter 2014/2015 ski season and summer 2015 season.
As the first qualifying matches for the UEFA Euro 2016 final tournament kicked off at the weekend, a new website is helping successful teams find the best training grounds and nearby accommodation. Launched by UEFA and Kuoni, the official UEFA Euro 2016 accommodation agency, the new website, capitalises on France’s position as the world’s number one tourist destination and its network of hotels catering for all budgets and tastes.