The 37 injured include children who were, for reasons yet to be explained, on board the test run of the high-speed train on track near Strasbourg.
The train carrying 49 railway technicians derailed, caught fire, and plunged into a canal during a test run on a new Paris-Strasbourg line.
Auditors say pressure by local authorities for the TGV to pass through their towns created an 'incoherent' network of 230 TGV stations.
Rail passengers can now travel from French capital to Catalan capital in six-and-a-half hours without changing trains.
Leaked report published in German newspaper says terror group has been plotting attacks on high-speed railways across the continent.
Government agrees to delay ten new railway projects, including new fast lines to Normandy, the Cote d’Azur and Spain, for at least 17 years.
The high-speed train, or TGV, is one of France’s major engineering success stories of the past three decades, revolutionizing transport in a country with largest surface area in Western Europe. Two years ago, a vast, ambitious plan was announced to extend the high-speed train network with 14 new lines in a north-south, east-west grid inter-linking most major French cities and regions. But now France’s new socialist government, battling a huge public deficit, has decided to pull the plug on a project it describes as “a headline-grabbing announcement” that was one of “a multitude of projects conceived without the beginning of the least financing”.
High-speed trains, Spanish casinos, a new stadium in Lyon, a huge underground train station in Stuttgart, property development schemes to repay Greek debt: European environmentalists opposed to such ‘unnecessary top-down large projects’ are mobilising against the environmental impact of the financial crisis. Jade Lindgaard reports.
France may abandon plans for a major extension of its high-speed train network as the new left-wing government strives to shrink its huge debt.