France bans UberPop after taxis go on strike

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The French government today announced that Uber’s low-cost service, UberPop, will be banned throughout the country as of New Years Day, marking the latest in a series of regulatory setbacks for the company. France’s interior ministry announced the ban Monday, as three taxi unions blocked major highways around Paris in protest against Uber and the “unfair competition” it poses. On Friday, a French court ruled that UberPop could continue to operate within Paris — a decision that sparked today’s taxi strike — but the government today said the service will be banned nationwide in accordance with new regulations that go into effect next year.

At issue is the fact that UberPop drivers are not required to hold professional licenses or…

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