Taxi drivers in Paris cause chaos blocking roads to airports protesting against UberPop.
I just flew out of Paris yesterday. Today i would not have been able to make it to the airport as hundreds of taxi drivers blocked roads ot airports and other areas around Paris to demonstrate against UberPOP. The access to three terminals at Paris-Charles de Gaulle airport and in a number of areas of Paris, especially Porte Maillot, were blocked.
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Police came out in riot gear to go against the taxi drivers that lit up tires to block street. According to Reuters used at least at one point tear gas. There are also images of turned over cars that have been supposedly been driven by UberPop drivers. Traffic is already bad enough on a normal day in Paris going to the Charles De Gaulle airport. The road blocks for sure cause chaos for the rest of the day.
Bill Gates is in Paris visting the President. He can though afford a helicopter to get to the airport. Update: A scared Courtney Love just tweeted that she got held hostage by rioiting taxi drivers. She just got saved from the traffic lock down by two motorcycle drivers.
they've ambushed our car and are holding our driver hostage. they're beating the cars with metal bats. this is France?? I'm safer in Baghdad— Courtney Love Cobain (@Courtney) June 25, 2015
François Hollande where are the fucking police??? is it legal for your people to attack visitors? Get your ass to the airport. Wtf???— Courtney Love Cobain (@Courtney) June 25, 2015
As in other markets traditional taxi drivers have started to feel the competition from Uber in Paris. UberPop has become popular taxi app in France that is facing fierce opposition from traditional cabs. The UberPOP service relies on a network of private car drivers and is Uber's low cost option. Uber is in legal battles in France like in many other market since years. If today's "Taxi driver riots" are changing anything remains to be seen. A lot of people will have missed their flights today. That is for granted.
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I wonder why the French people are not taking to the streets for the ridiculous high beer prices in Paris. 8 Euros for a Pint? Are you kidding me?