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SNCF faces ban in US over Holocaust role

Author: Joshua Melvin, Local (France), Published on: 5 February 2014

American lawmakers in the state of Maryland have proposed a bill that could prevent SNCF from bidding for public projects on that side of the Atlantic until it makes restitution payments for its role in taking Jews to concentration camps during the Holocaust. Two democrat lawmakers want compensation to be paid to Holocaust survivors and their families before rail company Keolis, which is majority-owned by SNCF, can bid for a €4.4 billion, 35-year contract, to build and operate a 16 km light rail project…The president of SNCF America Alain Leray told Le Monde the company would undertake a “critical reading” of the bill in search of “possible discrimination” against it that would favor other firms involved the bidding. SNCF has formally expressed remorse for the Nazi collaboration…

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Related companies: SNCF (Société Nationale des Chemins de Fer)