French President: Uber should be dissolved and declared illegal
Uber should be dissolved and declared illegal. These are the words of French President Francois Hollande.
Uber should be dissolved and declared illegal. These are the words of French President Francois Hollande. He said this on Friday morning in Paris, but at the same time condemned violent protests by taxi drivers against the car ride-booking app, Uber.
Hollande, speaking early on Friday morning, described the Paris demonstrations as “unacceptable violence in a democracy, in a country like France.”
Around 3,000 traditional taxi drivers took part in the protests on Thursday, blocking access to the capital’s Charles de Gaulle and Orly airports, setting fire to vehicles and preventing cars reaching train stations around the country.
Ten people were arrested, seven police officers were injured and 70 vehicles were damaged in clashes between Uber drivers and taxi drivers.
The service, known as UberPOP, has been illegal in France since January but the law has proved difficult to enforce and it continues to operate.