The slogan reads ” Death to Uber”.
Driving a taxi requires buying a licence that can cost in excess of €100,000 in Paris but there is no such obligation for Uberdrivers.
Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said Thursday that he asked the Paris police authority to issue a decree forbidding activity by UberPOP drivers.
Despite the unrest, officials from Uber have insisted they will continue to pick up passengers until France’s high court passes a ruling on the service.
Aeroports de Paris, the operator of the French capital’s Charles de Gaulle (CDG) and Orly airports, told passengers to travel by train because roads were blocked.
Police said 70 cars were damaged and seven police officials injured in the protests. “This is France?? I’m safer in Baghdad,” she tweeted.
The company faces similar legal challenges and criticism from taxi drivers’ associations around the world.
Protesters slashed the tyres of a private-hire cab, another transport service that cabbies see as a threat, and then tried to flip the vehicle over before riot police intervened.
French taxi drivers have gone on a nationwide strike, disrupting snarling traffic in all the major cities, following weeks of tensions and complaints about taxi app Uber.
UberPOP is a car-sharing service offered by Uber, which gives the customers lower prices than those by offered by the regular taxi drivers and even the original Uber service. In a series of tweets, Love wrote: they’ve ambushed our vehicle and are holding our driver hostage. they’re beating the cars with metal bats. this is France??
“Governing the country won’t ever be done by the law of the jungle”, Cazeneuve added. Licensed cabbies say the service is endangering their jobs by flooding the market with low-priced drivers.
An Uber spokesman, quoted by the Times, said: “There are people who are willing to do anything to stop any competition”.
He said a law that forbids unlicensed drivers to carry paying passengers should be implemented.
“Taxi drivers – alright, they’ve got big mouths – but normally they’re not aggressive”, said Malia, 50, who has been a taxi driver for three years.
Be Civil – It’s OK to have a difference in opinion but there’s no need to be a jerk.
Irate French taxi drivers smash cars in strike against Uber