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DE­PART FOR PARIS

Span­ish air­line Vuel­ing has an­nounced a new route be­tween Birmingham and Paris-Orly from 26 March. The ser­vice will op­er­ate four times a week, in­creas­ing to six times a week in June. The new ser­vice com­ple­ments the di­rect flights from Birmingham to Paris Charles de Gaulle with Flybe and Air France.

ON TRACK

The newly de­signed TGV l’Océane high-speed trains have gone into ser­vice, link­ing Paris-Mont­par­nasse to Bordeaux and Toulouse in south-western France. A to­tal of 17 trains are due to be in ser­vice by the end of July, in­creas­ing to 40 trains by 2019. The new trains cut jour­ney times to Bordeaux from 3hr14 to 2hr04, and to Toulouse from 5h42 to 4h09.

NEW FLIGHTS

Flight op­tions from Lon­don to France have ex­panded, thanks to easy-Jet in­tro­duc­ing a new spring/ sum­mer di­rect flight be­tween Lu­ton and Nantes. Man­ag­ing di­rec­tor François Bac­chetta said fares would be about €20-€30 for a sin­gle ticket and promised the com­pany would con­tinue its growth “at the same rate as the past year”.

ECO-FRIENDLY

Mo­torists in France are now re­quired to dis­play a ‘clean sticker’ fol­low­ing con­cerns over smog in Paris and other French cities. The stick­ers will in­di­cate a ve­hi­cle’s age, en­gine type and clean­li­ness rat­ing and those who fail to dis­play one will be barred from en­ter­ing high-emis­sion zones at week­ends. Environment min­is­ter Sé­golène Royal has also an­nounced fi­nan­cial in­cen­tives for buy­ing elec­tric ve­hi­cles, sug­gest­ing that mo­tor­ways should waive tolls for elec­tric cars.

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