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