Baby born on Paris train gets free rides until he is 25

A baby boy born on a suburban French train will receive free rides in Paris until he is 25, the train company said.

The baby was born on an RER train in central Paris just after 11am on June 18, causing major delays on the A line network.

The train driver, named as Raouf in an RER A blog post, said that, after stopping the train at Auber Station, he went immediately to the first carriage, but the woman had already given birth.

He said two women were with the new mother, one supporting her and the other holding the baby, who was wrapped in a scarf.

“It was a very beautiful moment,” Raouf said.

Emergency services arrived shortly after, said the RER A blog, and travellers on the platform broke into applause when the baby was brought out from the carriage.

A spokesman for Parisian public transport company RATP told Le Monde  that 15 people, including police, firefighters and RATP staff, helped the mother and baby.

The pair were taken to a nearby clinic, RER A tweeted, adding both were doing well.

RER A tweeted “sincere congratulations” to the mother and baby and, while it was happy to offer the boy free travel in Paris, there was no indication he would be named Auber after the station where he was born.

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