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Government correspondence

As part of our transparency initiative, we’re publishing as many of our corporate documents as we can, including correspondence between SNCF management and French elected officials, from national to local.

Learn more about our Transparency initiative

Every day, SNCF communicates with French officials at national, regional and local level—from MPs to regional council presidents to small-town mayors—and we’re contributing to transparency in government by making this correspondence available on line for everyone. Here, in chronological order, is an authorized selection of letters to and from our Chairman.

Browse the correspondence received and sent by the Presidency

Publication criteria

Why we limit publication to correspondence with elected officials

The Chairman’s office receives over 5,000 letters each year. Most are sent by clients and other private individuals who want to communicate with SNCF on their own behalf. This “personal” correspondence is protected by confidentiality law and cannot be made public.

By contrast, government correspondence with elected officials is part of SNCF’s mission to serve the public and promote regional development. Publishing this correspondence is consistent with our commitment to transparency in public decision-making.

Why we can’t publish everything

Under the law, we are not authorized to publish correspondence that:

  • contains personal information
  • involves a third party
  • contains sensitive safety- or security-related information
  • could compromise the government procurement process

Finally, the government officials who communicate with us also have a right to confidentiality. We honour that right by giving them the opportunity to oppose publication of their correspondence.

Why we don’t publish text messages or emails

When government offices communicate with each other, they use letters to take formal positions, to express disagreement, and to stress the importance of a request. Letters go deeper and shed more light on the development of public transport policy than day-to-day electronic correspondence such as SMS messages and email.