When coordinating two nouns in different genders, which article should be used?
I am writing the acknowledgements page in my thesis and I want to thank (in German) one of my reviewers that came from Germany to France and had some trouble with the trains and the administration.
So I have written the following: "Danke an meiner Reporterin, XYZ, der die Komplexität des französischen Eisenbahnnetzes und Verwaltung navigierte zu meiner Verteidigung besuchen." (The intended meaning is: "Thanks to my reviewer, XYZ, that navigated the complexities of the French network system and administration in order to attend my defence.")
Without the adjective, I suppose "des Eisenbahnnetzes und der Verwaltung" would have been an easy solution. But I would rather not write "des französischen Eisenbahnnetzes und der französischen Verwaltung", because it is my feeling (possibly wrong) that repeating the adjective would be bad style.
In French, there is this rule that says masculine forms include feminime forms, so we would have the option of using the masculine in cases like this. (Which wouldn't help for the conjunction of a neutral and a feminine, I suppose. :-)
Is there something similar in German?