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Jacques Fournier

1988-1994: TGV Atlantique line

Under Jacques Fournier’s chairmanship from 1988 to 1994, TGV Atlantique service was extended to Le Mans, and the line set a new world speed record of 513.3 km/h on 18 May 1990. In 1991, a new European directive opened rail markets up to competition.