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Mo­torists in France can now con­test speed­ing fines on­line in­stead of post­ing a let­ter to the head­quar­ters of the Agence Na­tionale de Traite­ment Au­toma­tisé des In­frac­tions (AN­TAI). Driv­ers sim­ply sub­mit their ap­peal on the agency web­site within 45 days of re­ceiv­ing the fine – there is even an English lan­guage op­tion. It is hoped this will make the process eas­ier for mo­torists and cut down on pa­per­work. an­tai.gouv.fr

RATP, the com­pany which runs the bus and métro net­works in Paris, has launched 12 new apps for pub­lic trans­port users. Th­ese in­clude games and guides to the city, and the app pro­vid­ing up-to-date in­for­ma­tion about the bus and métro routes in Paris to help vis­i­tors get around has also been up­dated. They have also cre­ated an app called monRERA which will of­fer real-time in­for­ma­tion for the RER A métro line, Paris’s busiest line, in­clud­ing de­lays, travel times, con­ges­tion and even nearby Vélib’ sta­tions. ratp.fr

Of­ten de­scribed as grimy and tired, the Gare du Nord is get­ting a facelift with plans an­nounced to clean and repaint the sta­tion as well as ex­pand the Eurostar ter­mi­nal to cope with in­creas­ing num­bers of pas­sen­gers us­ing the ser­vice. Plans in­clude ex­pand­ing the de­par­ture lounge and duty-free shop­ping as well as im­prov­ing se­cu­rity in the sta­tion. eurostar.com

Bud­get air­line Ryanair has added two new routes to France this sum­mer from Manch­ester air­port. From April un­til Septem­ber, the air­line will be­gin op­er­at­ing twice weekly flights to Car­cas­sonne in south­ern France and flights three times a week to Li­mo­ges in Li­mousin. Prices start at £24.99 one-way. ryanair.com

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