Commuters in France: Train like a second home

A TGV Réseau trainset 540 at Rennes, in Brittany

Long distance commuting between Paris and province is now becoming part of
France’s social landscape. Sociologists Xavière Laneelle or Vincent Kaufmann inter alia wrote about this phenomenon. Here below I let you pay attention to a recent article on the topic:


“Ups and downs of France’s long-distance commuter club

by Emilienne MALFATTO .

They call them ‘navetteurs’.
Easily identified by their distinctive, bleary eyes, they can frequently be
spotted at dawn in and around train stations around one hour from Paris.
Once a rare species, the long-distance commuter is becoming part of
France’s social landscape, as a combination of sky-high property prices,
digital technology and high-speed TGV trains push workers further and
further away from their offices in the capital.
From places like Tours, in the Loire Valley, or Reims in the heart of
Champagne country, a growing army of ‘navetteurs’ (shuttlers) have decided
that the hassle of three hours a day of travelling is justified by the
lifestyle payoff that comes with living out of the city.
Among them are a gang of regulars on the 6:53 am high-speed TGV train from
Le Mans, a town best known for its famous 24-hour car race, 113 miles (180
kilometres) west of Paris.
“I call them my TGV buddies,” says Benedicte Wiard, one of the group of
professionals who are whizzed — most days, all being well — into the
capital in just under an hour.
“The train is a bit like a second home, we have little parties, celebrate
each other’s birthdays and things like that,” she adds. (…)”

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