Paris taxi drivers block roads and flip cars in protest of Uber


As night descends on Paris, taxi drivers are still blocking roads, flipping cars upside down, and setting tires on fire in protest of an Uber service that they say unfairly affects their business.

People in Paris were posting videos and photos of protestors–estimated earlier to number around 2,800–converging on roads and clashing with riot police, who used tear gas in the confrontation.

The protests are specifically targeted at UberPOP, a service allegedly allows drivers to operate without the licenses required of regular taxi drivers.

“Uber condemns the acts of violence perpetrated today in Paris and other French cities. Whatever the concern, violence is never acceptable. No French court of justice has declared uberPOP illegal,” a spokesperson for Uber in Western Europe said in a statement to Fusion.

Smoke and sirens filled the streets around Porte Maillot, a transport hub and access point for those traveling into Paris.

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