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Police fire tear gas at Paris taxi drivers in Uber protest

Published 26/01/2016 | 08:33

Taxi drivers block the traffic with a fire during a demonstration against the VTC (transport vehicle with chauffeur) on January 26, 2016 on the ringroad (peripherique) at porte Maillot in Paris
Taxi drivers block the traffic with a fire during a demonstration against the VTC (transport vehicle with chauffeur) on January 26, 2016 on the ringroad (peripherique) at porte Maillot in Paris
An anti-riot policeman stands during a taxi drivers demonstration against the VTC (transport vehicle with chauffeur) on January 26, 2016 on the ringroad (peripherique) at porte Maillot in Paris
Taxi drivers take part in a blockade of the access to Paris' Charles-de-Gaulle airport, on January 26, 2016 outside Paris, to protest against competition from taxi app company Uber and other non-licensed private hire cabs
Firemen extinguish a fire next to anti-riot policemen during a taxi drivers demonstration against the VTC (transport vehicle with chauffeur) on January 26, 2016 on the ringroad (peripherique) at porte Maillot in Paris
Anti-riot policemen take away a barrier during a taxi drivers demonstration against the VTC (transport vehicle with chauffeur) on January 26, 2016 on the ringroad (peripherique) at porte Maillot in Paris
Anti-riot policemen arrive as taxi drivers block the traffic during a demonstration against the VTC (transport vehicle with chauffeur) on January 26, 2016 on the ringroad (peripherique) at porte Maillot in Paris

Police in Paris have fired tear gas at taxi drivers trying to march on to a major highway, amid nationwide French strikes and protests over working conditions and competition from non-traditional services such as Uber.

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Hundreds of French taxis, joined by a few from Belgium and Spain, are blocking a massive intersection leading into western Paris, causing disruption throughout surrounding avenues.

Firemen extinguish a fire next to anti-riot policemen during a taxi drivers demonstration against the VTC (transport vehicle with chauffeur) on January 26, 2016 on the ringroad (peripherique) at porte Maillot in Paris
Firemen extinguish a fire next to anti-riot policemen during a taxi drivers demonstration against the VTC (transport vehicle with chauffeur) on January 26, 2016 on the ringroad (peripherique) at porte Maillot in Paris

Dozens of taxi drivers tried to march from the Porte Maillot intersection on to an eight-lane bypass, but police pushed them back with tear gas. Some drivers set pre-dawn bonfires which were put out by firefighters on Tuesday morning.

Traditional taxi drivers are protesting at what they consider unfair competition from Uber, which has faced a string of legal challenges in France. Previous protests have also turned violent.

Anti-riot policemen take away a barrier during a taxi drivers demonstration against the VTC (transport vehicle with chauffeur) on January 26, 2016 on the ringroad (peripherique) at porte Maillot in Paris
Anti-riot policemen take away a barrier during a taxi drivers demonstration against the VTC (transport vehicle with chauffeur) on January 26, 2016 on the ringroad (peripherique) at porte Maillot in Paris
Anti-riot policemen arrive as taxi drivers block the traffic during a demonstration against the VTC (transport vehicle with chauffeur) on January 26, 2016 on the ringroad (peripherique) at porte Maillot in Paris
Anti-riot policemen arrive as taxi drivers block the traffic during a demonstration against the VTC (transport vehicle with chauffeur) on January 26, 2016 on the ringroad (peripherique) at porte Maillot in Paris

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