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French riot police push an overturned car as striking French taxi drivers demonstrate at the Porte Maillot to block the traffic on the Paris ring road during a national protest against car-sharing service Uber, in Paris, France, June 25, 2015. French taxi

French riot police push an overturned car as striking French taxi drivers demonstrate at the Porte Maillot to block the traffic on the Paris ring road during a national protest against car-sharing service Uber, in Paris, France, June 25, 2015. French taxi

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French striking taxi drivers block the access to Orly airport, south of Paris, France, during a national protest against car-sharing service Uber June 25, 2015. French taxi drivers stepped up protests against U.S. online cab service UberPOP on Thursday, blocking road access to airports and train stations in Paris and other cities. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

French striking taxi drivers block the access to Orly airport, south of Paris, France, during a national protest against car-sharing service Uber June 25, 2015. French taxi drivers stepped up protests against U.S. online cab service UberPOP on Thursday, blocking road access to airports and train stations in Paris and other cities. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

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French riot police push an overturned car as striking French taxi drivers demonstrate at the Porte Maillot to block the traffic on the Paris ring road during a national protest against car-sharing service Uber, in Paris, France, June 25, 2015. French taxi

French police in riot gear used tear gas as taxi drivers stepped up protests against US online ridesharing service Uber yesterday, blocking road access to airports and train stations in Paris and other cities.

Aeroports de Paris, the operator of the French capital's Charles de Gaulle (CDG) and Orly airports, warned travellers to take local train services because of the taxi protest.

"Access by road is completely blocked," the company said on its website.

"The only way to get to CDG is (by train)."

Taxi drivers also blocked access to Paris' Gare du Nord train station, from where the high-speed Eurostar and Thalys services run to London and Brussels.

Irish Independent