French President Emmanuel Macron came to office on a promise to reform the economy — especially state enterprises with entrenched interest groups. A majority of the population still backs him in his battle against the railway unions.
German train operator Deutsche Bahn needs a basic overhaul, the government's own commissioner has admitted. Long-distance train punctuality sunk to 70 percent last month, further frustrating passengers and staff.
French railway workers are continuing their series of two-day protest strikes against the reform plans of President Emmanuel Macron. But a slight majority of the French people seem to be siding with the government.
Germany's Bosch engineering company is part of the consortia developing driverless freight and passenger trains over the next five years. The project is part of the modernizing drive for the French state railway.
The French government will abolish jobs-for-life at state-owned railways SNCF. Macron, who won power in May 2017 pledging to modernize France's labor market, faces fierce opposition from powerful unions.
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