After a three year absence, the Paris-Nice Night Train is back. The first service ran last night with an important passenger on board – French Prime Minister Jean Castex. He even made the welcome on board announcement to passengers:
Longue vie au Paris-Nice ! pic.twitter.com/POHhMZ51wB
— Jean Castex (@JeanCASTEX) May 20, 2021
The problem though – as you can see in the main picture above and more here – is that this is hardly a night train up to modern standards. SNCF has done some basic renovation of its Corail couchette cars that date from the 1970s and 1980s, and there is only the basic class of accommodation on this service – 4 and 6 berth couchette compartments. No sleeping cars. No mini-compartments. If night trains – even within France – are to be a viable transport means, this needs to be urgently improved. France too would profit from what Trains for Europe is proposing!