France Tourism News
Delta Air Lines to link Indianapolis-Paris year-round from spring 2018
Indiana governor Eric Holcomb joined executives from Delta Air Lines earlier to announce a new non-stop air service from Indianapolis International Airport to Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris.
easyJet partners with Atout France
easyJet has announced it has signed a long term partnership deal with Atout France, the French Tourism Development Agency, which will see the airline become one of its main transport partners.
SNCF welcomes new TGV Océane to south-western France
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 injured in French rail crash
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.
French strikes likely to hit Euro 2016 flights
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.
Breaking Travel News investigates: France welcomes Euro 2016 kick-off
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.
French swimming tragedy parents arrive in France
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.
Strikes continue at French ports for third day
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.
France closes in on Olympic Games host bid
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.
Retirement dispute sees French air traffic controllers walk out on strike
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 closed in Paris following bomb threat
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.
Samoëns signs with McCluskey to boost UK profile
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.