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French govt intervenes to save threatened TGV train factory

A painting of the first TGV is displayed on a wall near the French power and transport engineering company Alstom factory in Belfort, FranceThe French government said Monday it had intervened to save the Alstom factory that assembled the country’s first high-speed TGV train. Alstom said last week it planned to halt production at the locomotive factory in Belfort, eastern France, prompting a swift response from the Socialist government. Alstom said it wanted to centralise its train production at a site 200 kilometres (125 miles) further north in Alsace and promised to offer the 400 workers in Belfort other jobs.

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