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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French Transport Minister Elisabeth Borne was set to present the bill which will propose measures to create more and cleaner public transport options in areas of rural France where people are currently left with little choice but to use their cars - if they can afford one that is. It is hoped that the announcements will go some way to help quell the anger of the gilets jaunes (yellow vests) motorists who have recently been protesting the rising fuel taxes in France as well as falling spending power. Since January, the price of petrol has shot up by 15 percent while diesel prices have gone up by 23 percent and anger over fuel costs, blamed on taxes imposed by President Emmanuel Macron to fight pollution, has been simmering for months, particularly in smaller towns and rural areas where public transport is patchy. Borne has described the bill as "a toolbox available to transport operators, local authorities, employers and transport users". … [Read more...] about How France plans to improve transport links in rural areas
Two frightened tourists arriving in Paris had a nasty shock recently when they were hit with a whopping €247 taxi bill from Charles de Gaulle airport into Paris. Here's what you need to know to about taxis in the French capital to help you avoid getting into a similar situation. Avoid illegal taxis If you're travelling from an airport, both Paris airports have official taxi ranks with staff directing passengers into the next available car. However many unofficial taxi drivers hang around airports and train stations, including Gare du Nord to try to pick up customers. Passengers are advised to avoid any offers for a taxi from people waiting at arrivals. Instead you should head to the official taxi rank or use a ride-hailing app like Uber, Taxify or Chauffeur Privé (there are others too) to reserve a cab. If you're travelling around the French capital itself, you can also head to taxi ranks or simply hail one in the street. Look … [Read more...] about What you need to know about taking a taxi in Paris
Macron will pay homage to Marshal Philippe Pétain and other World War One French army leaders at a service at Les Invalides in Paris on Saturday as part of the commemorations to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of World War One. But given that Pétain went on to rule the so-called Vichy France regime which collaborated with the Nazis in World War Two, notably over the deportation of tens of thousands of Jews to death camps, questions have been raised over whether Pétain should be among those honoured. However when asked about he controversial choice Macron defended Pétain - who was later imprisoned for committing treason - as one of the heros of World War One even if he did go on to make "disastrous choices" during World War Two. "Marshall Pétain was a great soldier during World War One," said Macron. "That's a reality of our country". "French politicians and historians have judged him, but I consider it's absolutely legitimate that we pay homage … [Read more...] about Macron defends homage to France’s Nazi collaborator Pétain for role in World War One
France play Croatia in the World Cup final on Sunday at 5pm French time. Finding a place to watch the match could be a mission if the semi-final was anything to go by as bars, pubs and restaurants will be packed to the limit, both in cities and small towns. So perhaps the best solution is to head to one of the big screens being set up in cities around the country. The atmosphere will be electric and you should at least be able to see the screen, which won't necessarily be the case if you head to a bar. We've picked out some of the most exciting screenings around the country. Get in touch if you know of any others we should include. Bordeaux Bordeaux mayor Alain Juppé had been under pressure to put up a big screen for the final and he finally cracked this week, announcing that the game would be shown live at the Chaban-Delmas stadium. An estimated 30,000 fans are expected to attend. The gates will open at 2.30pm and fans will only be allowed to watch from the stadium's … [Read more...] about The best places to watch the World Cup final around France (if you want atmosphere)