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France to ban ride-sharing service UberPop from New Year

France to ban ride-sharing service UberPop from New Year

PARIS: Ride-sharing service UberPop will be banned in France from Jan. 1, a government official said Monday, as Paris taxi drivers blocked traffic around the capital in protest at a court decision Friday not to impose an emergency ban on the service.

French taxi drivers are protesting that services such as Uber Technologies’ UberPop, which use mobile apps to put unlicensed drivers in contact with passengers for a fee, compete unfairly with strictly regulated taxi services. They had asked the Paris commercial court to impose an emergency ban on UberPop, but on Friday the court rejected the request.