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Train horror in France as splattered body carried 40km

The body of a cyclist hit by one of France's high-speed TGV trains was embedded into the front of the driver's carriage and carried 40 kilometres (25 miles) before anyone noticed. Police and the national rail company SNCF were unable to say Monday whether the 48-year-old man's death was accidental or a suicide. He was struck by the train on a level crossing in the village of Petit-Croix, near Belfort in eastern France on Sunday, but his body was not discovered until staff and passengers got off at the next stop, in Mulhouse.

Holocaust haunts French railway's bid for US contracts

Seventy years after the Holocaust, Rosette Goldstein and many fellow Americans are still seeking reparations from French rail firm SNCF for transporting their loved ones to Nazi death camps. Goldstein, now 75, was in Maryland on Monday to testify before state lawmakers, who have threatened to prevent SNCF bidding for a major public contract over its role in the World War II genocide. Clutching a register of those transported by France's state-owned rail company, a still emotional Goldstein showed where her father's name was entered.

European rail workers protest liberalisation plan

Thousands of rail workers from across Europe staged a demonstration in front of the European parliament Tuesday to protest a plan to scrap national rail monopolies in the EU in five years' time. Police said an estimated 2,700 people took part in the rally in front of the European legislature in Strasbourg.

European rail workers protest liberalisation plan

Thousands of rail workers from across Europe staged a demonstration in front of the European parliament Tuesday to protest a plan to scrap national rail monopolies in the EU in five years' time. Police said an estimated 2,700 people took part in the rally in front of the European legislature in Strasbourg.

US, France in talks over Holocaust compensation

France and the US are in talks over compensation to American Holocaust victims that were transported to their deaths by France's state-owned rail company, a lawyer involved in the negotiations said Friday. The sensitive, decades-long issue of SNCF's role in the deportation of Jews to concentration camps -- it recognizes it was a "cog in the Nazi extermination machine" -- is threatening a reported $2.2-billion contract between the state rail company and the US state of Maryland.

French rail firm faces trial over deadly accident near Paris stadium

France's state-owned rail company is facing trial over a 2009 accident in which two young football fans were killed by a commuter train near the Stade de France stadium north of Paris, sources said Tuesday. The SNCF is charged with involuntary manslaughter and causing injuries in the March 7, 2009 tragedy, a judicial source and the family of one of the victims said.

British government to sell off Eurostar stake

Britain said Wednesday it intends to sell off its 40-percent stake in Eurostar, the high-speed rail service connecting London with Paris and Brussels, as part of a £20-billion privatisation drive. The move is part of a new national infrastructure plan, which sets out how the British government intends to privatise the equivalent of $32 billion or 24.1 billion euros of financial and corporate assets by 2020. The Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition government expects to reap hundreds of millions of pounds from selling its stake in the cross-channel rail operator.

French regulator fines Lebanese trader record 14 mn euros

France's market regulator slapped a record 14 million euro ($19 million) fine on a Lebanese trader Thursday for insider trading surrounding the 2008 buyout of logistics company Geodis by France's national rail firm, SNCF. The previous record of eight million euros was imposed on luxury group LVMH earlier this year for activity related to its investment in rival Hermes. In a statement, the AMF financial market authority said it was imposing the fine on trader Joseph Raad for using "inside information on the launch of a takeover of Geodis by the SNCF, from which he profited."

EU court rules railway firms must pay compensation for delays even if cause beyond their reach

BRUSSELS - European railway operators must pay passengers compensation for delays even if the cause is beyond the company's control, the bloc's top court ruled Thursday in a decision poised to benefit millions. The European Court of Justice found that Austrian railway operator OBB's policy of refusing to pay compensation for delays caused by acts of nature like bad weather or by striking employees was invalid.

National Express to operate two German train lines

British rail operator National Express announced Tuesday it has won a 1.6-billion-euro ($2.2-billion) contract to operate two regional services in Germany's most populous state, North Rhine-Westphalia. The two lines will link the towns of Krefeld, Cologne, Bonn, Wuppertal and Muenster and services will begin in December 2015, National Express said in a statement. The contract -- to be signed at a ceremony in Wuppertal on Wednesday -- will run for 15 years.
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