In the past few weeks, the French logistics giant has been accused of deliberately delaying deliveries of a new gas-powered rail vehicle, L’Esprit de l’Etat, which was supposed to start deliveries in mid-March.
It is the latest of several delays to a French rail system that was built by L’Aéronautique du Congo, which is now part of France.
L’Équipe, which has been running at full capacity since July, says it has received orders for the new vehicle from several major rail carriers, including the French Railways, as well as from various private companies.
But the French government is not satisfied.
It has asked L’ Equipe to revise its orders and cancel the rest.
The company says it is working to deliver the L’ Esprit by the end of the month.
The controversy began with a series of tweets posted by the LEC, the company that owns L’ Aéronavion.
The tweets were posted on April 14, after LEC CEO Guy Montanier said that the LE had been able to deliver orders for 100,000 cars and had not received any orders for a new vehicle.
The next day, on April 17, LEC posted an update to its Twitter account that said it had received the first 100,914 orders for its L’Esplanade car.
By that time, the Lec had been ordered to deliver more than 10 million cars.
A few days later, the tweet was deleted.
The following day, Léger, a French car manufacturer, said that it had been ordering from LEC for about 10 million vehicles, and that LEC had been slow to deliver those orders.
A week later, Lec said it was still ordering vehicles from L’Ecounet de lÉvangères, the rail carrier, but said that orders had not been received.
LEC has denied any wrongdoing.
A day after the tweets were deleted, LÉger said in a statement that it was not yet ready to provide an update on the LEPV’s delivery status.
Légué, the CNI president, told reporters on April 18 that LEPVs had not yet been delivered to the company and that the company’s delays were not an indication that Léequipe was acting improperly.
But he said that “in the coming days and weeks” the company would release more information.
The French government, which had already ordered LEC to provide LEP vehicles by March 27, has also expressed frustration at LEC’s delays.
“Léequipes failure is not an issue for the government, but the issue is for the public,” said Nicolas Démare, the minister of transport and transport policy, in a letter to the French rail companies.
“We need to take responsibility and we must address the problem,” he added.
LÉequipe says it’s still working to finalize its orders, but has said that, by the beginning of May, the majority of its orders would be in place and its new fleet of trains would begin to run.
French Raillines has ordered another 100,400 LEPs.
French rail carrier L’Arbre, which runs the rail network of the southern French city of Nice, said it is ordering between 20,000 and 30,000 LEP units.
Lec, meanwhile, says the first 50,000 units have been ordered and the rest are to be delivered to L’Express, the main rail carrier.
But a spokesman for Léex said it would not be able to meet the demand until the LepVs were in place.
LESO, the private rail company that operates LÉs car fleet, said on Friday that it has not yet received LEPv orders from Léevan, and it was waiting for the LÉvans deliveries to finish.
LEO, the logistics company that has supplied LEP train cars, said the order was delayed.
It said it will release the final LEP unit orders as soon as possible, but they would not have a date yet.