Uber’s French division went on strike earlier today as a form of protest against the stricter police controls on the chauffeured cars.

Uber’s French division went on strike earlier today as a form of protest against the stricter police controls on the chauffeured cars.

Today between 11 AM to 3 PM local time, Uber France suspended its services across the entire country to support its drivers in the protest against the local government and its decisions that have a direct impact on chauffeured cars. The protest took place at Place de la Nation in Paris and represented a new episode of the ongoing battle between the conventional taxi industry and independent contractors like Uber and its drivers.

The French government has the difficult task of figuring out how to support app-based businesses like Uber without upsetting traditional taxi drivers. Speaking of which, taxi drivers had their own protest last month in France when they blocked traffic and set fire to tires.

In order to calm the infuriated taxi drivers, Prime Minister Manuel Valls promised them a bespoke police unit called “Boers” that will perform stricter controls on chauffeured cars. Needless to say, Uber drivers are not too happy and the police says in the past few days chauffeured cars slowed down traffic during rush hour as way to protest against the latest governmental decisions.

Uber France currently has more than 12,000 drivers and 1.4M users and is facing more and more resistance from taxi groups across the country. The match between the two parties with the government acting as referee is far from being over and only time will tell whether a compromise will be possible.

Source: bloomberg.com

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