French cab drivers strike over Uber app

Angry French cab drivers block roads to capital's airports and main rail stations

French cab drivers strike over Uber app

World Bulletin / News Desk

Furious taxi drivers in France are staging a one-day nationwide strike over the UberPop transport application, blocking access to Paris airports and major highways around the capital.

Cab drivers on Thursday obstructed roads to Charles de Gaulle (CDG) and Orly airports as well as main train stations.

They claim the UberPop app jeopardizes their jobs by taking customers away from licensed cab companies.

"We must put an end to the anarchy, we must respect the law and suspend the UberPop application," the general manager of Les Taxis Bleus company told French TV channel LCI. 

The low-cost "carpooling" app puts members of the public in touch with others who want to offer ride-sharing, reducing each person's travel expenses. The company says it has more than a million users in France.

French media broadcast footage of taxi drivers burning tires to block parts of major roads into the French capital and clashing with other drivers.

The strike turned violent in some cities, leading riot police intervene with tear gas.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 25 Haziran 2015, 13:33