Almost half of all train staff and more than 75 percent of drivers walked out, leaving only one in eight high-speed TGV trains
and one in five regional trains operating.
From Paris Take the TGV train
from Gare du Nord to get off at Amiens.
No high speed TGV trains
back then, high-end ferries or even the sight of an aircraft.
In an interview broadcast on radio station France Inter , France's IT Minister Axelle Lemaire announced that the SNCF would launch a bidding round for companies to install Wi-Fi on its high-speed TGV trains
The move fulfills his pledge to ensure that the French government would retain a say in jobs and decision-making at the company, which builds power plants and France's famed high-speed TGV trains
. He did not comment on the final price of the stake to be bought from Bouygues.
The German and Japanese firms presented their offer as less predatory than that of GE, saying their proposed deal would leave Alstom - best-known as the maker of high-speed TGV trains
- "a major French listed group.
Though much smaller than Alstom's power plant turbine and grid business, its rail arm has a higher profile in France as the maker of most of the elegant TGV trains
that have travelled the country at high speed for decades.Siemens has emerged as a possible white knight after the German group said last week it would make a formal offer for Alstom, most likely in the form of a swap of power and rail assets.
The offer came on the heels of reports that the US giant wants to buy the French engineering group, which manufactures the country's groundbreaking high-speed TGV trains
. Alstom is a politically-sensitive symbol of engineering prowess in France and a key exporter, seen as one of the jewels of French industry.
The new cut-price service sees SNCF simplify the booking process for TGV trains
and increase capacity with extra seats reported Business Traveller Magazine.
World's Fastest Train (Channel 5, 8pm) studies the new generation of French TGV trains
which will do almost 220mph using 30 per cent less energy.
SWIFT TGV trains
at the platform BON APPETIT The TGV's buffet CROSSING The Saint Benezet bridge over the Rhone WORK Nigel on board Ni bo b HOLY Avignon's Palais des Papes
While two-thirds of the high-speed TGV trains
were expected to be cancelled, those running between Paris and London are set to operate normally.