A passenger train collided with a coach carrying schoolchildren at a level crossing in countryside near Perpignan, southern France, on Monday afternoon, killing at least four teenagers and leaving at least 24 other people injured, 11 of them in a serious condition.
The train reportedly crashed into a tree that had been left on the tracks following a heavy thunderstorm near Montpellier, leaving 11 people seriously injured.
After thwarted attack in August, rail security officers will now be able to deny travel permission to anyone who refuses luggage search.
French interior minister announces increased identity and baggage controls at stations and more police patrols on board international trains.
Interior ministers hold security summit in Paris to formulate co-ordinated response to threat of an atrocity on Europe’s rail networks.
The man arrested after a thwarted attack on a train last Friday was known to intelligence agencies in several countries, including France. Yet Ayoub El-Khazzani, 25, was still able to board a busy Paris-bound train after acquiring an assault rifle and ammunition. Michel Deléan and Louise Fessard ask if European secret services again let a potential terrorist through the net – or whether surveillance on so many potential suspects is simply impossible.
François Hollande said that Friday's train attack could have resulted in 'monstrous carnage' without the courage of several passengers.
The 22-year-old Eritrean suffered a head injury and internal bleeding as Channel Tunnel briefly closed by migrants on railway.
Three US passengers who disarmed Thalys gunman said survival instinct drove them, that assailant appeared untrained and events felt 'very unreal'.
Moroccan national Ayoub El-Khazzani, 25, identified by his fingerprints, claims robbery was the motive of his attack on passengers of Thalys train.
The images, filmed by one of three US men who overpowered the gunman, shows him trussed inside the carriage and his bundle of weapons.
Arrested gunman's given identity is that of a 26-year-old Moroccan known to Spanish, French authorities for links to radical Islamist movement.
One passenger said he heard 'click-click-click' like 'a toy' before a man jumped on the gunman, the whole sequence lasting '15 seconds'.
Lower taxes and more jobs are drawing French companies to Ashford on the railway line between London and Paris.