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Paris is to test out new road sur­faces in an ef­fort to re­duce the city’s traf­fic noise and heat. The project will ex­per­i­ment with three paving sys­tems that have sound, ther­mal and wa­ter­re­tain­ing prop­er­ties to help make the city both qui­eter and cooler. It’s hoped that the new ini­tia­tive could cut noise pol­lu­tion in the city by 50%.


Air France is on track to roll out a new low-cost air­line with flights due to start this win­ter. Aimed at mil­len­nial trav­ellers, the brand is Air France’s at­tempt to com­pete with low-cost air­lines such as easyJet and Ryanair, pro­vid­ing routes to coun­tries such as Italy, Spain and Turkey. The start-up is cur­rently work­ing un­der the name of Boost but Air France says it will un­veil a new name this sum­mer.


France’s fa­mous high-speed train net­work will be re­branded from TGV to in­Oui, while the RER will now go by the name of ‘train’. The in­Oui brand was rolled out on the Paris to Bordeaux route from 2 July and the new look will be in­tro­duced across all ser­vices by 2020. A ma­jor rea­son for the re­brand­ing is that SNCF wants to strengthen its prod­ucts in the face of grow­ing com­pe­ti­tion from low-cost flights, bud­get coach ser­vices and long-dis­tance car-shar­ing. The com­pany hopes the re­fresh will help at­tract some 15 mil­lion pas­sen­gers to the rail ser­vice by 2020.


Flybe has launched new sum­mer routes to France. The sea­sonal flights op­er­ate each week­end un­til 3 Septem­ber as part of the air­line’s 2017 sum­mer sched­ule. Flights op­er­ate from Aberdeen, Belfast City, East Mid­lands, Ed­in­burgh, Ex­eter, Glas­gow, Manch­ester and New­cas­tle. Most of the ser­vices are new flights to pop­u­lar des­ti­na­tions in­clud­ing Avi­gnon, Berg­erac Dor­dogne, Bordeaux, Brest, La Rochelle, Li­mo­ges, Nantes and Per­pig­nan-Rivesaltes, Rennes and Toulon-Hyères.

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