Take the train! French railway boss slams PSG after short haul

PARIS: French soccer giants Paris Saint-Germain did light work of their opponents Nantes in an away league game at the weekend but then received a volley of criticism for doing so the relatively short trip to the west of France by plane.

“From Paris to Nantes with @qatarairways!” the Qatari team tweeted showing Kylian Mbappe and other PSG stars boarding a jet for Nantes, just 380km from Paris.

The PSG side cruised to an easy 3-0 win to stay top of Ligue 1 and another video emerged on social media of its stars looking happy and relaxed on the return trip.

But as the carbon footprint of sports stars has come under increased scrutiny, the video was captured by Alain Krakovitch, the head of SNCF’s TGV high-speed trains.

“Paris-Nantes is less than two hours by TGV,” he said on Twitter.

“I am renewing our proposal for a TGV offer adapted to your specific needs in line with our common interests of safety, speed, services and eco-mobility”, he added.

Qatar Airways, the airline of the emirate, is the shirt sponsor of PSG.

The controversy comes against the backdrop of a growing clamor in France from environmentalists for restrictions on private jet travel to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Lobby group Attac pilloried Argentine PSG star Lionel Messi on Friday for his use of private air travel.

“From June to August, Messi made 52 flights with his private jet, which represents 1,502 tons of CO2 emissions. That’s as much as a single Frenchman would be responsible for in 150 years,” he said. .

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