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France vows Eurostar support to ‘maintain this strategic link’ with UK

France vows Eurostar support to ‘maintain this strategic link’ with UK

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French authorities have said they are ready to give financial support to the struggling Eurostar.The country's junior transport minister, Jean-Baptiste Djebbari, told a parliamentary hearing in Paris he was talking with the UK government about ensuring the cross-Channel train operator survives the coronavirus pandemic. He said the French state would be "at Eurostar's side in order to maintain this strategic link between our two countries". Image: Passenger numbers have plummeted since the pandemic began Support will be given "based on our involvement in Eurostar, so that we can financially sustain its business model", he added.Eurostar is 55% owned by French state rail company SNCF and the UK government sold its 40% stake to private c...
Pressure mounts on UK and France to agree on financial aid for Eurostar as it fights for survival

Pressure mounts on UK and France to agree on financial aid for Eurostar as it fights for survival

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Pressure is mounting on the UK and French governments to agree financial aid for Eurostar, the cross-Channel rail operator, as it fights for survival.The company admitted late last year that the continuing COVID-19 crisis, which has forced it to slash services from a normal level of more than 50 trains a day to just four, had taken a 95% toll on its revenues. It appealed at the time for UK government aid, arguing that it was being treated unfairly as airports had secured tax relief to help them cope with the collapse in demand for overseas travel. Image: Eurostar currently runs a daily train in each direction between London and Paris and London and Amsterdam via Brussels Eurostar is majority-owned by the French state rail firm SNCF - ...
France: More than 2,500 break virus restrictions at illegal rave

France: More than 2,500 break virus restrictions at illegal rave

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Covid-19: ‘Serious disruption’ feared as Dover halts traffic to France

Covid-19: ‘Serious disruption’ feared as Dover halts traffic to France

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France seeks drones to detect, intercept battlefield radio communications

France seeks drones to detect, intercept battlefield radio communications

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Nov. 16 (UPI) -- The French Defense Ministry seeks an unmanned aerial vehicle capable of intercepting radio communications transmitters, a request for proposal indicates. A "call for projects for a mini-payload of electronic support on drones" was revealed by France's Defense Innovation Agency for "an electronic support payload that can be integrated into drones with a maximum take-off mass of less than" 55 pounds. Advertisement "This payload must be able to detect, locate, identify or even interact with or block telecommunications transmitters," the agency said in a press release on Friday. The agency referred to its project as "Sauron," named after the all-seeing eye in the book series "The Lord of the Rings." It is budgeted for $ 473,000. It cites a January 2021 deadline for submissio...