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Uber Executives Arrested as Part of France's Cabbie Crackdown

By    |   Tuesday, 30 Jun 2015 09:35 AM

European Uber executives were arrested in Paris on Monday for allegedly running an illegal taxi service and concealing digital documents just days after French cabbies staged violent protests in the streets.

Uber France CEO Thibaud Simphal and Uber Europe GM Pierre-Dimitri Gore-Coty "were invited to a police hearing this afternoon; following this interview, they were taken into custody," the company said in a statement, AFP reported.

 


French police have had Uber under investigation since November 2014, and raided its Paris offices in March.

During that time, Uber has continued to operate its car service app, paying fines for its drivers whenever they receive a citation from traffic cops.

This practice led to Thursday's protests from the incumbent taxi drivers licensed through the French government.

Nonethless, "Uber France director Thibaud Simphal said to BFM TV that as long as a justice court didn’t order Uber to stop UberPOP, the service would continue — as of today, you can still find UberPOP cars when you open the app," reported TechCrunch.

The ongoing battle between taxi drivers and Uber drivers is not unique to France, and has led to protests on both sides in major cities around the world.

 


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