Anti-Uber Protests Shut Down Travel in Paris
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Anti-Uber protests have halted travel across France today. French taxi drivers against the ride-sharing platform have blocked roads to key travel points such as airports and train stations in Paris and other cities with the intention of hindering travel as the battle between Uber and traditional taxis continues to develop.
In addition to the road blockages, protestors have flipped cars and burned tires in the streets as protests escalated throughout the day.
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As a result of the protests, travelers have had to alter plans — some people in Paris have even found themselves walking to the airports with the risk of missing flights out of the city.
The protest is specifically over the use and popularity of UberPop in the city. UberPop is similar to regular Uber, but these drivers aren’t required to have a taxi license to work (which lets Uber charge cheaper fares). UberPop rides cost a minimum of four euros, rather than the eight-euro minimum of a normal UberX fare.
TPG Editor-in-Chief Zach Honig used UberPop last week while attending the Paris Air Show. While he had no service issues in the city, he was asked by a driver to sit in the front to avoid potential harassment from taxi drivers. The fare for a 15-minute ride was a couple euros cheaper than a normal UberX ride, but the difference can be even more significant with rides to the airport.