French taxis strike in Uber fight

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Published: Thursday 25th June 2015 by The News Editor

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Taxis are on strike around France, jamming the streets in major cities and slowing access to Paris’s Charles de Gaulle Airport after weeks of rising tensions over Uber.

Despite repeated rulings outlawing the mobile app-based car service’s lowest-cost rides, its drivers are still on France’s roads and the US company is actively recruiting. Uber’s more expensive livery service is still legal.

Taxi drivers complain that the company unfairly undercuts them and in recent weeks nearly 100 Uber drivers have been attacked, sometimes while carrying customers.

In one case, a taxi passenger was left with facial injuries after he praised Uber, and t he ITele network said taxi drivers overturned an Uber-style livery car.

At the airport, police are checking entering cars to avoid violence.

Published: Thursday 25th June 2015 by The News Editor

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