In France, people refer to
things by initial letters every day - like
'SNCF' and 'TGV' in the video.
French railways have been
owned and run by the French government since the
1930's. It has spent lots of French taxpayers'
money on making many of the trains fast and modern,
whilst keeping the fares quite low. French railway
workers often go on strike for more wages - they
have more strikes than any other group of workers
France is a big country, so
the fast trains between big cities are very
popular. Many French people also travel by train
into the cities to work.
But 3 out of 4 French
families have a car, and they prefer to drive in
their leisure time. There are big traffic jams on
French motorways when everyone goes away for their