By Ilona Kauremszky

Q: What kind of fast train service is operating in France?

A: The sleek TGVs, (the French acronym for “Train à Grande Vitesse" or high speed trains) have been “the” comfortable and convenient way to travel around France for 25 years. But this past summer, things changed with the launch of TGV Est (East) European.

For travel times, it has virtually cut times nearly in half between Paris and the eastern regions like Champagne, Lorraine and Alsace. Expect speeds 320kph. Designed by Christian Lacroix, the new TGV East European trains, between Paris and over 30 France and European destinations has a new chic look n’est-ce pas with extra leg room, and wider seats.

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