SNCF will add 500,000 train seats this summer in the face of “record” demand

TGV Ouigo, June 22, 2021. DENIS CHARLET / AFP “We are off to a record summer”, according to Jean-Pierre Farandou, CEO of SNCF. The railway company has already sold eight million tickets for July and August, this is 10% more than in 2019, so we are seeing a very strong push”, said Mr. Farandou on … Read more

At the trial of the Brétigny-sur-Orge rail accident, the prosecutor requests the maximum provided for by law against the SNCF

Photo taken the day after the train accident in Brétigny-sur-Orge, July 13, 2013. KENZO TRIBOUILLARD / AFP It is almost 5 p.m. when Rodolphe Juy-Birmann, public prosecutor of Evry, turns to the civil parties, to warn them: “The sentence imposed (…) will seem derisory to you in view of your suffering”he explains to the victims … Read more

SNCF is cutting TGV and Intercity trains due to a drop in reservations

Due to a drop in reservations, SNCF intends to eliminate TGV and Intercity trains from January 10, 2022. GONZALO FUENTES / REUTERS From next week, the National Company of French Railways (SNCF) will cut 10% of its TGV and 20% of its Intercités, announced a spokesperson for the railway company, Friday January 7, justifying this … Read more

The TGV, flagship of the SNCF, in competition for the first time

The Italian high-speed train Frecciarossa (“red arrow”) docked before launching in Milan, Italy, on December 13, 2008. GIUSEPPE CACACE / AFP A thousand times announced, expected, delayed, hoped for, feared… the competition is now real. Saturday, December 18, at 7.26 a.m., for the first time in the history of the SNCF, a passenger train from … Read more

Jean-Pierre Farandou, CEO of SNCF: “On salaries, the laissez-faire today, we will pay it tomorrow”

Jean-Pierre Farandou, CEO of SNCF, in Orléans, August 25, 2020. JEAN-FRANCOIS MONIER / AFP The CEO of SNCF, Jean-Pierre Farandou, looks back on the arrival of competition in France, in a period of health crisis and social unrest. He also details the needs of the French rail system, which, according to him, are necessary to … Read more

An attack of social fever shakes the SNCF on the eve of the holidays

Travelers on the TGV platforms of Bordeaux station, November 25, 2021. PHILIPPE LOPEZ / AFP A press conference delayed and disrupted by SUD-Rail activists, a forest of microphones and cameras bursting into the Grands Voyageurs lounge usually reserved for SNCF business customers, exasperated users shouting “Long live the car” to trade unionists in an interview … Read more

The SNCF strike call maintained for the TGV Sud-Est, traffic “very degraded” expected this weekend

Travelers wait for a train at Gare de Lyon in Paris on December 29, 2019. MICHEL EULER / AP While several strike calls had been launched Tuesday on various SNCF networks, the management announced, Wednesday, December 15, that negotiations with the SUD-Rail, CGT and UNSA unions had failed concerning the TGV Sud-Est, anticipating traffic “Very … Read more

On the Paris-Lyon rail line, the battle between SNCF and Trenitalia has begun

The offices of the Italian company Trenitalia, in Rome, October 15, 2021. ANDREW MEDICHINI / AP “Frecciarossa, the pleasure of a new journey. “ Bright red, the large poster overlooks the departures board at Gare de Lyon in Paris, like a scarlet shadow hovering over the SNCF. This advertisement is that of the “Red Arrow” … Read more