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Moscow-Nice railway route launched

A new train taking rich Russians to the French Riviera in style and luxury has arrived in Nice, some 53 hours after it departed from Moscow.

The new service launched by Russian Railways is a once-a-week run for those with money and time.

In the era of bullet trains and air travel, this train travels at a sedate 40mph, and just slightly faster on the return.

For fares ranging from 306 euro (£260) one-way to 1,200 euro (£1,023) for a luxury compartment, the traveller passes through two dozen cities and a half-dozen countries before reaching Nice.

From the tsars of old to the new-money entrepreneurs of today, rich Russians have long haunted France's Mediterranean coast.

The journey is 1,864 miles and the return portion of the trip is due to leave Nice on Sunday.

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