Hollande condemns violent French protests against Uber

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PARIS: French President Francois Hollande on Friday condemned violent protests against ride-booking app Uber after taxi drivers set fire to vehicles and blocked highways but he said the service should be taken off the road. Hollande described the demonstrations, in which US rocker Courtney Love was caught up, as “unacceptable violence in a democracy, in a country like France.” But Hollande added: “UberPOP should be dissolved and declared illegal.” Around 3,000 cabbies took part in the strike Thursday, blocking access to the capital’s airports, and preventing cars reaching train stations around the country. Ten people were arrested, seven police officers were injured and 70 vehicles were damaged in clashes between Uber drivers and taxi drivers.

AFP

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