“Is there anything French left in your new trains?” That was the question that garnered guffaws in the Elgar Room at the Royal Albert Hall yesterday, where the CEO of Eurostar, Nicolas Petrovic, was hosting a press conference to announce a £700m investment in its fleet.

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“Is there anything French left in your new trains?” That was the question that garnered guffaws in the Elgar Room at the Royal Albert Hall yesterday, where the CEO of Eurostar, Nicolas Petrovic, was hosting a press conference to announce a £700m investment in its fleet. That the question came from a fellow Frenchman representing Radio France was of visible chagrin to Petrovic. And the British Transport Secretary, Philip Hammond, who sat to Petrovic’s right, couldn’t help but smile.

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