19 November 2018

Thousands rally in Turin in favor of Italy-France rail link

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Tens of thousands of people rallied in northern Italy on Saturday in support of an ambitious Franco-Italian rail link, known as TAV, and against the decision of the ruling anti-establishment 5-Star Movement to reconsider the project. reports citing Foreign media that the 270-km (167-mile) high-speed line is due to link the French city of Lyon with Turin in northern Italy at an estimated cost of 26 billion euros ($30.2 billion).

The plan has been beset by disapproval and protests, both regional and national, and in July Deputy Prime Minister Luigi Di Maio, leader of the 5-Star and industry minister, called for a review, putting his group at odds with coalition partner the League.

Around 30,000 people gathered in one of Turin’s main squares for what was the biggest pro-TAV demonstration so far, signaling the plan’s economic importance in one of Italy’s most industrialized regions.

2018.11.11 / 10:52
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