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France and Germany will give 60,000 free train tickets to young people this summer

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If you are under 27 and looking to travel between France and Germany this summer, you could be in luck.60,000 free train tickets are being made available to young people later this year.

The rail scheme was announced by the two counties’ transport ministers, Clément Beaune and Volker Wissing, on Sunday.They say the goal of the initiative is to encourage travel and build a cultural exchange between France and Germany.“To celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Elysée Treaty, 60,000 tickets will be made available free of charge, according to terms that will be specified shortly,” Beaune and Wissing said in a joint statement.Beaune added that the initiative is also aimed at encouraging more young people to take the train and is in line with France’s climate ambitions.National rail services Deutsche Bahn and SNCF will financially support the scheme.Half of the tickets will be available in France and half in Germany.

They will allow young people to take the train to the other country and then travel around while they are there - much like an Interrail ticket.The initiative will be open to young people under the age of 27, Wissing said on Twitter.

Travellers hoping to take advantage of the scheme will likely have to enter a lottery for the tickets, according to French media reports.Further details of who will be eligible and how to apply have not yet been released.Wissing and Beaune also announced that a new TGV train route between Paris and Berlin is due to start running in 2024.

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