The French are often described as a “brave nation”, and their willingness to pay for new and better transportation has become a trademark.
But now the country has been caught up in the same kind of high-speed rail controversy as the US, where it’s been forced to defend its rail system against critics who say it has the potential to choke off economic growth.
Transport Minister Manuel Valls has announced a series of changes to the country’s rail system to reduce the number of trains and increase the speed of services.
He announced a new, more efficient train service, which will cost €60 ($65) a ticket, which is already the cheapest rail ticket in Europe.
But critics say the move could see the cost of the train go up by an additional €30 per passenger per year.
The government has already made a number of changes that are supposed to bring more money into the system.
Valls said he wants to make the country a more attractive place for investors and create jobs.
A second initiative is to increase the frequency of trains between cities and towns by using a special train that can be operated by the public.
This could allow trains to run twice a day.
On Wednesday, Valls said the government would work to “reduce the costs of the trains”, but said that the increase in the frequency will have to be accompanied by a reduction in travel times between cities.
France’s rail infrastructure is now among the most expensive in Europe, and it’s expected to continue to grow, as demand for high-capacity trains rises.
In fact, according to the International Association of Railway Operating Companies (IAROC), France has already surpassed Germany in terms of the number and cost of its high-density rail lines.
With high costs and frequent trains, the country is not only running out of money, it’s also causing a lot of delays, and could also become more expensive to operate in the future.