Uber announces suspension of UberPOP in France

Uber announces it will stop its UberPOP ride-hailing service in France after a series of often-violent protests with local authorities denouncing it as an illegal taxi service.

PARIS, FRANCE (JUNE 26, 2015) (REUTERS) – Uber Technologies will suspend its UberPOP ride-hailing service in France, the U.S. company said on Friday (July 3), after it faced often-violent protests and local authorities denounced it as an illegal taxi service.

After fierce protests last week by licenced French taxi drivers who argue it threatens their livelihood with unfair competition, France took two executives from California-based Uber into custody and said they will face trial in September.

France’s legal clampdown was the latest setback for Uber in Europe. An Italian court in May banned unlicensed car-sharing services, two months after a German court issued a similar ban and imposed stiff fines for violations of local transport laws.

In a June 25 protest in numerous French cities, cabbies blocked roads to the capital’s airports, overturned cars and burned tyres to press for the scheme to be abolished.

Police said 70 cars were damaged and seven police officials injured in the protests. Ten people were arrested.