Police fire tear gas at taxi drivers in Paris Uber protest

Published: Tuesday 26th January 2016 by The News Editor

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Police in Paris have fired tear gas at taxi drivers trying to march on to a major highway, amid nationwide French strikes and protests over working conditions and competition from non-traditional services such as Uber.

Hundreds of French taxis, joined by a few from Belgium and Spain, are blocking a massive intersection leading into western Paris, causing disruption throughout surrounding avenues.

Dozens of taxi drivers tried to march from the Porte Maillot intersection on to an eight-lane bypass, but police pushed them back with tear gas. Some drivers set pre-dawn bonfires which were put out by firefighters on Tuesday morning.

Traditional taxi drivers are protesting at what they consider unfair competition from Uber, which has faced a string of legal challenges in France. Previous protests have also turned violent.

Published: Tuesday 26th January 2016 by The News Editor

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