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Easyjet has signed a three-year con­tract with French tourism de­vel­op­ment agency Atout France which will see the air­line be­come one of its main trans­port part­ners. The part­ner­ship aims to pro­mote Euro­pean tourism to France, start­ing from the UK.

SNCF has opened ticket sales for their two new high-speed lines, TGV Ar­morique and TGV Océance. Ser­vices will start on 2 July 2017 but tick­ets are avail­able to book now. The new TGV Ar­morique will link Paris to Rennes in 1h25 while the TGV Océane will take pas­sen­gers to Bordeaux from Paris in two hours, re­duc­ing the jour­ney time by 1h15. Eurostar has also opened its ticket sale for the new Bordeaux high-speed line.

Some 301,159 pets trav­elled with Euro­tun­nel in 2016, rep­re­sent­ing an in­crease of 15% com­pared to 2015. Pets can stay with their own­ers in their car for the duration of the 35-minute cross­ing or use the train’s ded­i­cated ex­er­cise ar­eas.

A re­port pub­lished by Bruit­parif, an or­gan­i­sa­tion mon­i­tor­ing noise in Ile-deFrance, has found that noise pol­lu­tion has in­creased in Paris since the clos­ing of the river­banks to cars. The quais hauts – the higher banks – are par­tic­u­larly af­fected as traf­fic was redi­rected to the streets lin­ing the Seine above the quays and traf­fic jams are more fre­quent.

Chil­dren un­der 12 now have to wear a hel­met while rid­ing a bike, ac­cord­ing to a new French law. Young­sters will have to wear a hel­met re­gard­less of whether they are cy­cling them­selves or are pas­sen­gers on a bike. Fail­ing to com­ply will lead to a €90 fine to be paid by par­ents.

The Nav­igo pass, a smart trav­el­card for bus and Métro trav­ellers in the greater Paris area, now also of­fers ac­cess to Au­tolib’, the self-ser­vice elec­tric car rental network.

Bri­tons liv­ing in France no longer need to con­tact the Bri­tish Em­bassy in Paris to re­new their pass­port thanks to a new on­line ser­vice. HM Pass­port Of­fice rolled out the on­line pass­port re­newal ser­vice on 21 March 2017 to make the ap­pli­ca­tion quicker. Bri­tons re­sid­ing over­seas can com­plete the ma­jor­ity of the ap­pli­ca­tion on­line, in­clud­ing pay­ment, but will still have to print off and re­turn their signed dec­la­ra­tion, sup­port­ing doc­u­ments and photos and send it to HM Pass­port Of­fice.

New TGV Océane to Bordeaux

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