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Thursday 25 May 2017

French taxi drivers resume anti-Uber strike

Paris taxi drivers protesting against what they consider unfair competition from rival services (AP)
Paris taxi drivers protesting against what they consider unfair competition from rival services (AP)

Paris taxi drivers have resumed a strike protesting against rival services such as Uber, and city authorities are warning of roadblocks and traffic disruption.

Police and the Paris airport authority warned of potential delays around airports and key intersections as the strike entered a second day.

On Tuesday, taxi drivers lit bonfires and were hit by tear gas when they tried to march on to a major route amid nationwide strikes and protests over working conditions.

The government promised reforms to the taxi sector in an emergency meeting on Tuesday.

Traditional taxi drivers say they are suffering unfair competition from app-based Uber, which has faced legal challenges around Europe. Uber argues the sector needs to modernise.

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