Thalys cuts train price to Paris for Charlie Hebdo rally

10th January 2015, Comments 0 comments

International train operator Thalys announced it was cutting fares to Paris on Sunday, where a mass rally is planned following deadly attacks on the Charlie Hebdo magazine and a Jewish supermarket.

The group, headquartered in Brussels, said Saturday that it had taken the decision as "a mark of solidarity" with the rally in the French capital which is expected to attract a million people including German and British leaders Angela Merkel and David Cameron, as well as Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

Thousands of reduced-price tickets remain available for second-class journeys from Amsterdam, Brussels and Cologne, Thalys spokeswoman Patricia Baars said.

A Brussels-Paris trip will cost from 58 euros ($69). A last-minute ticket bought at regular prices would cost two or three times as much.

Baars added that the option of providing free travel to Paris was dropped, in part due to the problems with passenger numbers which such a move would provoke,

Security was tight in France Saturday on the eve of the march and rally in tribute to the 17 victims of a three-day killing spree by Islamist militants, three of whom were also killed.

© 2015 AFP

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