There's an exclusive in Le Parisien saying that many of the SNCF's Intercité routes are under threat. It was also the headline story on the France 2 TV news this lunchtime. http://www.leparisien.fr/economie/le-rapport-qui-menace-les-trains-intercites-26-05-2015-4803787.php Quotation to comply with forum rules: Basically, it's saying that the trains are old, slow, expensive for the customer and run at a huge deficit, and that they often double services provided either by TER or TGV. Sleepers are also in the firing line. The report submitted to the government recommends replacing some services with modern (road) coaches, cutting the number of stops on other routes so that the overall journey time is shorter, reducuing the frequency of trains, shortening the route run, or transferring the service to the TER network (which means that the Regions would have to pick up the tab). It also suggests, though, that lines with strong potential should be developed further. The last paragraph gives some of the routes involved. The Macron law has for the first time opened French long distance travel to coaches, as in Germany. It seems as though the SNCF's rôle might well end up being running the TGV network, and supplying local trains under contract to the Regions, with not much left in between. The accident at Bretingy-sur-Orne is probably hovering in the background, too. TGV has meant that maintenance has suffered elsewhere.