Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

AFRICA NEWS

Ebola virus : Liberia shuts most border points

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

"What would you do?"

Read more

DEBATE

Too Late for Sanctions? Pressure Mounts on Russia over Ukraine (part 2)

Read more

DEBATE

Too Late for Sanctions? Pressure Mounts on Russia over Ukraine

Read more

FOCUS

As France’s Carrefour pulls out, what next for India’s retail market?

Read more

#TECH 24

Internet of Things

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

The World This Week - July 25th, 2014 (part 2)

Read more

REPORTERS

Halal tourism on the rise

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

The World This Week - July 25th, 2014

Read more

  • Israel warns of ‘prolonged’ campaign in Gaza

    Read more

  • In pictures: From Gaza to Mosul, bittersweet end of Ramadan for Muslims

    Read more

  • Washington accuses Moscow of violating arms treaty, agrees on tougher sanctions with European partners

    Read more

  • France offers asylum to Iraqi Christians

    Read more

  • Tripoli threatened by out of control blaze

    Read more

  • Moroccan police arrest French al-Qaeda recruiter

    Read more

  • French mayor files complaint against US father who risked kids’ lives on Mont Blanc

    Read more

  • French footballer Griezmann headed to Atletico Madrid

    Read more

  • Luc Besson’s sci-fi thriller ‘Lucy’ tops US box office

    Read more

  • Video: Slaviansk mourns mass grave victims

    Read more

  • France honours those lost on Air Algérie Flight AH5017

    Read more

  • Video: Ethiopia turns to wine to boost image, economy

    Read more

  • Thousands gather in Marseille in support of Israel

    Read more

  • As France’s Carrefour pulls out, what next for India’s retail market?

    Read more

  • Liberia tightens border controls to curb Ebola outbreak

    Read more

  • The centenary of Austria-Hungary’s calamitous last hurrah

    Read more

  • Nibali joins elite group with Tour de France win

    Read more

Broken wire disrupts train traffic near Paris

Text by AFP

Latest update : 2008-11-02

French rail company SNCF has said that gun shots broke a wire over a high-speed TGV train line near Paris, disrupting traffic in both directions for some 50 trains.

The French rail company SNCF said Sunday that gun shots broke a catenary, or overhead wire, on the line of a high-speed TGV train in the Paris region, severely disrupting traffic for 50 trains.
   
The SNCF "has filed a complaint after gun shots most certainly led to the breaking of a catenary" Saturday evening near Marcoussis in the Essonne department of the Paris suburbs, the company said in a statement.
   
No further deatails of the incident were given.
   
The incident late Saturday brought traffic on the high-speed line which serves the Atlantic coastal area to a halt in both directions.
   
Rail service resumed on Sunday morning, after passengers faced delays of up to six hours.
   
France's secretary of state for transport, Dominique Bussereau, said that "the disruptions which severely affected passengers are unacceptable," according to her spokeswoman.
   
"Dominique Bussereau has called on the head of SNCF to decide without further delay what measures he plans to take in the short and medium term," the spokesowoman added in a statement to AFP.
   
Last month SNCF estimated that it needed to invest 400 million euros (508 million dollars) over four years to renovate the catenaries on its rail network as some are very worn out, according to an audit conducted in September.

Date created : 2008-11-02

COMMENT(S)