Subject: Private railroads in France?
I've heard of the Orient Express, which is a private, very expensive train, which I think leaves from Paris. Perhaps you're referring to the Eurostar and Thalys? They are partially owned by the French state railway, SNCF, so they are quasi-private at best.

Otherwise, I've never heard of or seen a private train in France. As far as I know they are all run by the SNCF (Societe Nationale de Chemin de Fer Francais -- literally, French National Railway Company).

Bons voyages!

Evan in Paris

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