It doesn’t seem Paris’s highly anticipated Charles de Gaulle Express will be leaving the station anytime soon. Valerie Pécresse, President of Ile-de-France’s Regional Council, has asked the French government to postpone the controversial high-speed project given “the urgent need to improve the RER and Transilien commuter lines” first. Pécresse, who is also the head of IDF Mobilités, the authority that controls and coordinates the different transport companies operating in the Paris area, will put CDG Express’s deferment up for a vote on Wednesday. The state-of-the-art project, given the go-ahead back in 2014, was meant to give Parisians and tourists a faster, more exclusive option for getting to CDG airport by train in just 20 minutes. But soon after the initial hype commuters on the delay-prone RER B that runs from Charles de Gaulle to the southern Ile-de-France communes of Robinson and … [Read more...] about Could the high-speed rail link between Paris and CDG airport be about to hit the brakes?
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The US president has been dismissive of decades of Western alliance and his ‘America Alone’ attitude is dangerous and destabilising, says John Lloyd.Does Europe still have a partner, a big brother, across the water? One which can be a scold, a nag, an annoyance, a puzzle, but which has always been there for it? A partner that is also a protector, with a military and security network of unrivalled power and reach? Is the United States still that partner?That’s been the question of anxious, angry commentators all over Europe, since the US president, Donald Trump, announced he would cease to support the nuclear agreement with Iran, which was co-signed by China, the European Union, France, Germany, Russia, and the United Kingdom.Edward Luce, in the Financial Times, put it bluntly: “History may recall it as the day the US abandoned its belief in allies… For the first time in decades, the US is acting without a European partner.”France’s Le Monde … [Read more...] about US was long a friend to Europe, but Trump seems like a foe
Ten years before Thatcher and Reagan lurched the world to the right, the young people of Paris took to the streets with a very different view of the world, says TP O’Mahony.Today, Caroline de Bendern, a British woman, is 77 and lives in France.A former fashion model, it was while she was pursuing that career in Paris during the tumultuous events of May 1968 that a photograph of her went viral (though of course that word wasn’t in common usage back then).“Recreating a 19th century masterpiece of ‘Liberty leading the People’, a statuesque portrait of Caroline de Bendern emerged as a defining image of the protests that swept Europe in the summer of 1968,” wrote Abigail Frymann Rouch in The Guardian last year after interviewing Ms de Bendern as she prepared to carry an EU flag in an anti-Brexit march in London.But it was in Paris 50 years ago that the then young model first symbolised the national mood.“The image of her holding the Vietcong flag … [Read more...] about Spirit of 1968 still has the power to inspire
With temperatures as high as 28C predicted for the Bank Holiday weekend, millions of travellers will take to the roads, railways and skies. The RAC warns that Friday will be the peak on the roads. Key routes include the M4, M5 and A303 towards south-west England, routes from northern England to North Wales, the M6 and A590 around the Lake District and the M55 to Blackpool. Heavy traffic is forecast for Saturday and Monday, with Sunday much quieter. Read more Bank Holiday travel chaos to hit UK and Europe Rail passengers face multiple problems due to scheduled engineering works on key inter-city lines. The Great Western main line from Paddington to the West of England, the Cotswolds and South Wales will be severely disrupted from Saturday until 5am on Tuesday morning. Due to electrification work, trains to Bristol, Cardiff and Exeter will be diverted via the Chiltern line to Oxford, with greatly extended journey times. On Sunday, Paddington station will be … [Read more...] about Bank Holiday travel: Britons to face road, rail and air disruption across weekend
French president Emmanuel Macron has arrived in Washington as the guest of Donald Trump’s first state visit, hoping to persuade the US president not to disengage from the Iran nuclear deal or punish Europe with trade tariffs. The so-called “Trump whisperer” – Mr Macron appears to have earned the US leader’s respect after engaging in a knuckle-whitening handshake and inviting him and the First Lady for Bastille Day celebrations in Paris – is being treated to a private dinner at Mount Vernon, the home of America’s first president George Washington. On Tuesday, he will the guest of honour at a state dinner at the White House, featuring lobster bisque, lamb with tomato fondue, green beans and sweet potato casserole. While Mr Macron is known as someone with a taste for fine food, the 40-year-old French leader is coming with a lengthy diplomatic shopping list – on Iran, Syria and trade. His main aim will be to cement the idea in Mr … [Read more...] about Macron US visit: French President looks to move Trump on Iran nuclear deal and trade