Taxi drivers are flipping cars, burning tyres and throwing rocks at Uber vehicles in Paris protest

The Paris protests are showing no signs of cooling off.

French taxi drivers have overturned cars, smashed windows and set fire to tyres to campaign against low-cost rival firm Uber.

Key highways in Paris were blocked by protesters – some of whom were wielding baseball bats.

Following day-long riots, France’s interior minister Bernard Cazeneuve said the firm’s UberPOP service was ‘illegal’ and called on police and prosecutors to shut it down.

Taxi drivers on strike during a national protest against the car-sharing service (Picture: Reuters)
France’s interior minister has condemned Uber(Picture: Reuters)

Courtney Love, the American rock singer, was caught up in the drama yesterday when her taxi was ambushed as she left the airport.

She said: ‘François Hollande where are the f****** police??? Is it legal for your people to attack visitors? Get your ass to the airport.

‘They’ve ambushed our car and are holding our driver hostage. They’re beating the cars with metal bats. This is France? I’m safer in Baghdad.’

French riot police stand next to an overturned car as (Picture: Reuters)
Key Parisian highways are completely blocked (Picture: Reuters)
Riot police line streets in Paris

Despite the unrest, officials from Uber have insisted they will continue to pick up passengers until France’s high court passes a ruling on the service.

UberPOP is a car-sharing service run by Uber, which allows users to take advantage of prices much lower than those charged by traditional taxi firms – who are said to have lost between 30 and 40 per cent of their income in the last two years as a direct side-effect.

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