However, it seems that not all kissers are equal in the land of liberté, égalité, fraternité. A train guard from a major railway company has been suspended after allegedly shouting at a lesbian couple that their farewell embrace “cannot be tolerated”. He went on to tell the astonished and humiliated pair that it would have been fine for heterosexual couples to kiss. Now campaigners have insisted that the company, Thalys International, a French, Belgian, German and Dutch rail consortium that has featured a same-sex couple in advertising campaigns, apologises and ensures staff receive equality training.