The TGV (Very High Speed train) Méditerranée decision process took place between 1989 and 1994 in France. The train was to link Lyon to Marseille in one hour instead of two. Contrary to initial TGV projects, where decision processes were unfolded without any major problems, the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region reacted violently against this TGV initiative. The conflict and the procedures used in the problem solving process would later serve as a real model for two official texts defining public consultation on important planning projects in France. The decision process exposed in this paper will be analyzed in terms of negotiation according to a two-level analytical grid. This grid allows us to use negotiation concepts developed in the United States, within the French context, in which the French State used to define the General Interest. We will see that the conflict and the dialogue between parties have been closely linked and almost indispensable to one another during the entire process.
DE CARLO, L. (2002). The TGV (Very High Speed Train) Méditerranée Decision Process. ESSEC Business School.