France marks Bastille Day in aftermath of train crash

  • 14 July 2013
  • From the sectionEurope
Bastille Day parade, 14 July 2013
Some 4,800 military personnel are taking part in the Champs Elysees parade

Bastille Day is being marked with the traditional military parade in Paris while France mourns those who died in Friday’s rail disaster.

Nearly 5,000 military personnel are taking part on the Champs Elysees along with President Francois Hollande.

Mr Hollande is expected to face questions about the rail accident in a TV interview soon after the parade.

Six people were killed in the crash near Paris, which has raised questions about the state of the rail system.

Fighter jets trailing red, white and blue smoke – the colours of the French flag – streaked over the Arc de Triomphe as the annual Bastille Day celebrations began.

Fifty-eight planes, 35 helicopters and 265 military vehicles are taking part. Mr Hollande was driven in an open-top jeep down the Champs Elysees as troops saluted.

The parade was led by troops from Mali, along with French troops who took part in the country’s intervention there to repel an Islamist insurgency.

The 14 July celebrations mark the start of the French Revolution in 1789 when the Bastille prison was stormed.

In a set-piece interview on the main national TV networks, the president is thought likely to try to reassure the French people about the state of the rail network after indications a fault on the track was to blame for the accident.

The parade down the Champs Elysees was reviewed by President Francois Hollande (l) and the military governor of Paris from the back of a military jeep.
The French military display team, Patrouille de France, streaked over Paris taking in some of the main landmarks. Fifty-eight aircraft took part.
This year’s parade takes place in the shadow of Friday’s train crash – the worst in 25 years.
After the parade, the French president told a TV interview that maintaining regional rail lines in Paris would be ‘the priority’.

Mr Hollande is also expected to try to signal that the French economy is recovering and the government is implementing the right policies to tackle unemployment.


Giving its initial findings on Saturday, SNCF said a metal bar connecting two rails had become detached at points 200m outside the Bretigny-sur-Orge station.

The rail company says two rails had become detached outside the station

“It moved into the centre of the switch and in this position it prevented the normal passage of the train’s wheels and it may have caused the derailment,” said Pierre Izard, SNCF’s general manager for infrastructure.

Carriages were thrown off the tracks – one mounting a platform – as the train passed through the station at 137km/h (85mph).

Transport routes were particularly busy at the time of the crash, as France began the long holiday weekend.

Those killed were four men and two women, aged between 19 and 82. Thirty people were injured, eight seriously.

A large crane arrived at the site on Saturday evening to lift away the remains of carriages, and to find out whether there are still bodies lying beneath.

Media captionEyewitness Karim Wone: “You could see the train upside-down”

French media are reporting that it could still take a number of days to clear the derailed cars.

SNCF said 385 passengers were on board when the train crashed and the station platforms were crowded.

Eye witnesses described the train flying into the air and flipping over. Some said it was like scenes from a “war zone” with people running and screaming.

Transport Minister Frederic Cuvillier has praised the driver of the train on Saturday, saying his quick actions averted a worse accident.

Mr Cuvillier said the driver had “absolutely extraordinary reflexes in that he sounded the alarm immediately, preventing a collision with another train coming in the opposite direction and which would have hit the derailing carriages within seconds”.

The worst railway accident in France in living memory took place at the Gare de Lyon in Paris in 1988, when two trains collided, killing 56 people.

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Paris-Gare de Lyon

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This article is about the mainline station. For the Paris Métro station, see Gare de Lyon (Paris Métro). For other uses, see Gare de Lyon (disambiguation).
Gare de Lyon TGV RER Transilien
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Location 20 boulevard Diderot
75012 Paris
Owned by SNCF
Line(s) Paris-Marseille railway
Platforms 23
Electrified 1.5 kV DC
TER Bourgogne

Outside the station, with its large clock tower

Inside the station

19th Century wall painting by Albert Maignan inside the “Le Train Bleu” restaurant, in the hall of the Paris-Lyon Railway Station.

Paris-Gare de Lyon (or Gare de Lyon) is one of the six large mainline railway station termini in Paris, France. It handles about 90,000,000 passengers every year, making it the third busiest station of France and one of the busiest of Europe. It is the northern terminus of the Paris–Marseille railway. It is named after the city of Lyon, a stop for many long-distance trains departing here, most en route to the south of France. The station is located in the XIIe arrondissement, on the north bank of the river Seine, in the east of Paris.

The station is served by high-speed TGV trains to south and eastern France, Switzerland, Germany, Italy and Spain. The station also hosts regional trains and the RER and also by the Gare de Lyon metro station.


The station was built for the World Exposition of 1900. On multiple levels, it is considered a classic example of the architecture of its time. Most notable is the large clock tower atop one corner of the station, similar in style to the clock tower of the United Kingdom Houses of Parliament, home to Big Ben.

The station houses the Le Train Bleu restaurant, which has served drinks and meals to travellers and other guests since 1901 in an ornately-decorated setting.

On 27 June 1988, in the Gare de Lyon train accident, a runaway train crashed into a stationary rush-hour train, killing 56 people and injuring a further 55.

Train services[edit]

From Gare de Lyon train services depart to major French cities such as: Lyon, Marseille, Nice, Montpellier, Perpignan, Dijon, Besançon, Mulhouse, Grenoble and a number of destinations in the Alps.

International services operate to Italy: Turin, Milan and Venice, Switzerland: Geneva, Zurich, Bern, Interlaken, Lausanne and Brig, Germany Freiburg im Breisgau and Spain: Barcelona.

The following services currently call at Gare de Lyon:

  • High speed services (TGV) Paris – Lyon
  • High speed services (TGV) Paris – Avignon – Aix-en-Provence – Marseille
  • High speed services (TGV) Paris – Avignon – Aix-en-Provence – Cannes – Antibes – Nice
  • High speed services (TGV) Paris – Lyon – Montpellier – Narbonne – Perpignan
  • High speed services (TGV) Paris – Lyon – Montpellier – Narbonne – Perpignan – Figueres Vilafant – Girona – Barcelona
  • High speed services (TGV) Paris – Grenoble
  • High speed services (TGV) Paris – Bellegarde – Geneva
  • High speed services (TGV) Paris – Bellegarde – Annemasse – Evian-les-Bains
  • High speed services (TGV) Paris – Chambéry – Aix-les-Bains – Annecy
  • High speed services (TGV) Paris – Chambéry – Turin – Milan
  • High speed services (TGV) Paris – Belfort – Mulhouse – Basel – Zurich
  • High speed services (TGV) Paris – Dijon – Basel – Bern – Interlaken
  • High speed services (TGV) Paris – Dijon – Lausanne (- Brig)
  • High speed services (TGV) Paris – Dijon – Neuchâtel
  • High speed services (TGV) Paris – Dijon – Besançon – Belfort – Mulhouse – Freiburg im Breisgau
  • High speed services (TGV) Paris – Dijon – Besançon – Belfort – Mulhouse
  • High speed services (TGV) Paris – Dijon – Besançon-Viotte
  • High speed services (TGV) Paris – Dijon – Chalon-sur-Saône
  • High speed services (TGV) Paris – Lyon – Saint-Étienne
  • High speed services (TGV) Paris – Valence – Avignon – Miramas
  • High speed services (TGV) Paris – Chambéry – Albertville – Bourg-Saint-Maurice (Winter)
  • Night train (Thello) Paris – Milan – Verona – Padua – Venice
  • Regional services Paris – Montereau – Sens – Laroche-Migennes
  • Regional services (Transilien) Paris – Melun – Moret – Nemours – Montargis
  • Paris RER services A Saint-Germain-en-Laye – Nanterre-Universite – La Defense – Gare de Lyon – Vincennes – Boissy-Saint-Leger
  • Paris RER services A Cergy le Haut – Conflans – Sartrouville – La Defense – Gare de Lyon – Vincennes – Val-de-Fontenay – Marne-la-Vallee (Disneyland)
  • Paris RER services A Poissy – Sartrouville – La Defense – Gare de Lyon – Vincennes – Val-de-Fontenay – Marne-la-Vallee (Disneyland)
  • Paris RER services D Creil – Orry-la-Ville – Goussainville – Saint Denis – Gare du Nord – Gare de Lyon – Combs-la-Ville – Melun
  • Paris RER services D Goussainville – Saint Denis – Gare du Nord – Gare de Lyon – Juvisy – Ris – Corbeil
  • Paris RER services D Châtelet – Gare de Lyon – Juvisy – Grigny – Corbeil – Malesherbes
  • Paris RER services D Gare de Lyon – Juvisy – Grigny – Corbeil – Melun
Preceding station SNCF Following station
Terminus TGV
toward southeastern France
toward Belfort
toward Lausanne
toward Zürich
toward Milan
Terminus Thello
toward Venice
Terminus TER Bourgogne 15
Terminus Transilien Transilien Paris – Lyon
toward Montargis or Montereau
toward Melun or Malesherbes

Travelling between the Gare de Lyon and other Paris main line stations[edit]

For the Gare du Nord, take RER Line D towards Orry-la-Ville-Coye.

For the Gare de l’Est, either walk to nearby Quai de la Rapée Métro station for Line 5 (going north to Bobigny – Pablo Picasso), or take Line 1 from Lyon north to Bastille station and change there to Line 5. This is also another way to reach the Gare du Nord.

For Gare Saint-Lazare, take Métro Line 14.

For Gare Montparnasse, catch a 91 bus, which goes there directly. Or take the Métro Line 14 to Châtelet and then change for Line 4 to Montparnasse-Bienvenüe (although Châtelet is an extremely large and complex station, the connection between those two lines is very short).

For Gare d’Austerlitz the 5-10mn walk south across Pont Charles de Gaulle or Pont d’Austerlitz is quickest.

Gare de Lyon in films[edit]

The station has appeared in the following films :

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