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A Regional Express Train, or TER, is stationed along a platform at the Saint Lazare station in Paris on May 21. / Remy de la Mauviniere, AP

France's state-run railway service ordered 341 new trains before engineers discovered the fleet was too wide for many stations.

Nearly 1,300 out of the country's 8,700 railway platforms are a few inches too narrow for the new trains, reports The Wall Street Journal.

The cost of widening these stations: $68 million.

The trains were to be introduced between now and 2016.

Jacques Rapoport, president of rail network owner Réseau Ferré de France, acknowledged the problem was "discovered a little late."

"It's as if you bought a Ferrari and when you come to park it in your garage you realize your garage isn't exactly the right size for a Ferrari because you didn't have a Ferrari before," Rapoport said, the Journal reports.

The problem with the stations was first reported in the French weekly Le Canard Enchaine and confirmed Wednesday by French railway and government officials.

Contributing: The Associated Press



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