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Take trains, not planes, French parliament tells travellers

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FRANCE – The French parliament is expected to approve a ban on domestic flights that can be covered by train in under 2.5 hours.

The proposed bill is aimed at lowering carbon emissions by 40 per cent by 2030.

France is constructing new lines on its high-speed rail system.

The bill is expected to reach the Senate, where it is supported by President Emmanuel Macron’s ruling party.

The Air Journal wrote that the 2.5-hour rule would eliminate five domestic routes: Paris-Bordeaux, Paris-Lyon, Paris-Nantes, Paris-Rennes, and Lyon-Marseille, which represents 12 per cent of passenger traffic and 3.5 per cent of CO2 emissions from air travel in France.

“We know that aviation is a contributor of carbon dioxide and that because of climate change we must reduce emissions,” said Industry Minister Agnes Pannier-Runacher, as reported by Europe 1 radio. “Equally, we must support our companies and not let them fall by the wayside.”