Ah, ze trains of France. So elegante, so qweek, so romantique.
Everyone wants to ride ze French rails. So many, dat ze French rail company, SNCF, spent 15 billion Euros ($20.5 billion US) on new choo choos.
But, wait, zeyre is a problem. Ze new trains, zey are too wide for some of ze train stations. Ze gaps between platforms at ze older stations are too narrow for ze new trains.
Mon Dieu. How could this happen? It seems zat RFF, ze operator of ze French rail network, only measured ze modern train stations. It was those measurements given to ze manufacturer.
Ooh la la. What are they doing to do?
Most likely over a two-hour lunch, RFF and SNCF decided to spend 50 million euros to upgrade some 1300 stations so zey can accommodate ze new trains.
We were reassured that even with these problems, the French employees were able to stick to their government mandated 35 hour work week and got in a couple of strikes for good measure.
Problem solved. Pass the brie.
Disclaimer: No snails were harmed in the writing of this post.