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Uber Executives Arrested in Paris Following Protests

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Uber’s controversy in France continues this week after two of its top executives were taken into custody by French police for “illicit activities,” according to the Associated Press.

These events follow last week’s anti-Uber protests in Paris (and other parts of France), which shut down the city. The demonstrations headed by Parisian taxi drivers halted travel on major roads and blocked access to key transportation points, like airports and train stations.

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As a result of the protests, many travelers found themselves walking to Parisian airports in order to make their flights on time. Delta and Air France issued travel waivers for flights leaving Charles de Gaulle and Orly airports in Paris, as well as a number of other French airports due to the travel problems over the weekend.

Many of France’s Uber problems specifically revolve around UberPop, a branch of Uber’s main service, which is able to offer cheaper rides, mainly because its drivers don’t possess official taxi licenses. The arrests appear to be a result of the unclear legitimacy and contested status of UberPop in the country. While Uber’s practices have been deemed illegal by French officials, Uber has continued to operate. The executives will go before a correctional court on September 30, and could face huge fines and even prison time under French law, according to the Wall Street Journal.

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