A 22-year-old Chechen tourist gave birth on a high-speed train shortly after boarding the TGV from Paris to Bordeaux.
The little girl named Amina, who weighed in at seven pounds and six ounces, was delivered thanks to the help of a doctor and two nurses who were on board the train.
The train made an unscheduled stop at Coutras in the Gironde, where the mother and baby were taken to Robert Boulin hospital in Libourne, near Bordeaux.
An unexpected birthday present came from the French national railway SNCF which has given the little girl free rail travel until she reaches adulthood.
One of the nurses told The Connexion: 'The baby girl was tired but in good health and so is her mother. The only difficulty was communicating as the mother only spoke Russian.'
Train conductor Dominque Chanrion told Europe 1: 'There's not a lot of free space on a TGV so there were a few passengers who witnessed it.'
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