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The Independent has chartered an entire Eurostar train to take 750 readers to Paris. To claim seats for you and a partner, simply collect four tokens from The Independent and The Independent on Sunday and enter. Winners will be able to spend a weekend (or up to a week-long) break in the French capital (the choice of return journey is yours).

There are no losers: unsuccessful applicants will be entitled to discounts of up to pounds 50 on travel to Paris or Brussels.

How To Enter:

Simply collect four differently numbered tokens from The Independent/Independent on Sunday between Saturday 13 September and Sunday 20 September 1998. You must collect at least one token from The Independent on Sunday. No purchase necessary. Once you have collected four tokens fill in the entry form on the right and indicate your choice of return date by placing a tick next to your preferred choice.The first 375 entries drawn at random after the closing date of 25 September 1998 will each win a pair of tickets for The Independent Charter Eurostar train to Paris on Friday 4 December returning on a Eurostar scheduled standard class return. If you do not win one of the free tickets every entrant will receive a voucher which will entitle you to pounds 20* off a standard class return fare or pounds 50* off a first class return fare. *Terms and fare conditions apply. See to right.

Terms and Conditions

Entrants must be 18 or over

Prize tickets available for travel on Eurostar only

Winners will depart from London Waterloo International or Ashford International, Kent on Friday 4 December 1998 on The Independent Charter Train and will be allocated return tickets according to the date requested on their entry form on a Eurostar scheduled Standard Class service, subject to availability. If a booking is cancelled by a prize winner no alternative tickets will be issued.

Eurostar tickets are not transferable or exchangeable for any form of cash or credit alternatives.

The closing date by which all entries must be received is Friday 25th September. The prize winners and runners up will be notified by Monday 5th October. The prize winners will receive their travel details by 30th October 1998.

Each winner and guest must travel together on the same train and on the same date (both outward and inward journeys)

Prize winners will receive their tickets by 27 November 1998. No changes can be made to bookings by prize winners

Prize winners will be responsible for their own connecting transportation to London Waterloo International, accommodation, insurance, and must comply with all relevant customs and immigration requirements. Eurostar and The Independent will not be liable for passengers failing to make the departure times given on their tickets.

Eurostar conditions of carriage apply to all passengers. Copies are available through Eurostar sales points.

Eurostar (U.K.) Limited and Independent Newspapers shall not be liable for any costs, claims, damages or loss occasioned by any failure, however caused, to fulfil the terms of this promotion. Prize winners are required to take out adequate insurance to cover any cancellation, delay or any loss which may be occasioned by such failure.

The prize tickets may not be used in conjunction with any other promotion or promotional fare promoted by Eurostar or by any other third party.

The runners up promotional fares are available for booking until 31st October 1998 for travel until 14th December 1998. Travel must include a Saturday night away and be booked 10 days in advance of travel. The tickets are non-exchangeable and non-refundable once a booking has been made and subject to availability. Exclusions 3-6th October 1998 (Prix De L'Arc where all our trains are fully booked)

Standard Independent competition rules apply. Employees of The Independent, any London and Continental Railways Limited Company, their agents and members of their families and households are not eligible to enter. The Editor's decision is final.

There is a limit of one entry per household each application must include four tokens, including one from the Independent on Sunday.

No purchase necessary. Missing tokens can be obtained by a request in writing, enclosing a stamped addressed envelope, specifying the tokens that you require.

Photocopies, damaged or defaced tokens or application forms will not be accepted.

Proof of posting will not confirm entry, we are not able to accept responsibility for items lost or damaged in the post.

Promoter: The Independent.