A traveler wishing to go from Paris to London has every chance of taking the Eurostar, the high-speed train that connects the two capitals via the Channel Tunnel.
It is a beautiful symbol of the TGV's capacity to sell outside France: the Eurostar was manufactured by Alstom, at the origin of the first high-speed trains.
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The TGV now goes to Germany, Switzerland and Italy.
Export was a goal as early as the 1980s for high speed rail technology.
It took a long time to materialize.
In 1992, the TGV was exported to Spain, on the Madrid-Seville line.
The Eurostar entered service in 1994. Machines were sold in China and South Korea.
With, each time, a significant transfer of technology.
"The transfer of technology is sometimes a necessary step, because the States logically want production and local development"
, justifies Laurent Jarsalé, head of high speed at Alstom.
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