Keyword: Uber

Uber loses French case as driver is declared employee

Uber has long argued that it merely a platform linking self-employed drivers with riders, a model which allows it to avoid paying certain taxes and social charges as well as provide paid vacations.

Uber to set up Paris lab to develop flying taxi project

US transport company Uber has said it will invest 20 million euros over the next five years in a Paris-based laboratory, in cooperation with the prestigious Ecole Polytechnique engineering school, for the development of sky taxis, which it hopes will be operational by 2023.

French tour guides fear 'Uberisation' of their trade

Tourists look over the city from the Saint-Jacques tower in Paris. © Philippe Wojazer / REUTERS Tourists look over the city from the Saint-Jacques tower in Paris. © Philippe Wojazer / REUTERS

Being a tour guide in the most visited country in the world should be a pretty good job, buoyed by demand at France's numerous tourist attractions. But, after years of losing professional status, guides are now confronting the 'gig economy'. Online tourism platforms impose freelance instead of salaried work. And in the latest innovation, so-called 'free' tours, the tour guide is not even paid. Cécile Andrzejewski reports.

Angry French food couriers deliver protest at pay change

A Deliveroo courier in Paris, April 2017. © Reuters/Charles Platiau A Deliveroo courier in Paris, April 2017. © Reuters/Charles Platiau

The meal delivery company Deliveroo, which uses 7,500 couriers across France, is ending its system of paying its riders by the hour. This has led to protests from many of the food couriers who say they will end up earning hundreds of euros a month less. As Dan Israel reports, the move also shines a light on the precarious livelihoods of those working in this and other sections of the 'gig' economy.

Uber and France spar over whether company is a transport service

The US company told Europe's top court that it was a digital service and thus not subject to a 2014 French law on taxis.

Unmasked adulterous French businessman seeks damages from Uber

The man from the south-east Riviera region, who is reportedly claiming 45 million euros in damages, alleges a bug in the Uber mobile application allowed his wife to track his movements on her mobile phone after he used it on one occasion to book a ride.

Paris court fines Uber 800,000 euros for running illegal service

The UberPop service, which no longer operates in France, connected clients via a smartphone app with non-professional drivers using their own cars.

French government supports taxi licence refund plan

Transport minister said he hoped fund would guarantee that retiring drivers recover same amount it cost to buy the licences, plus inflation.

French taxi, aviation strikes threaten travel chaos

Taxi drivers and air traffic controllers set to join a strike on Tuesday called by three unions representing France’s 5 million civil servants.

French court upholds ban on Uber service using non-professional drivers

Firm had challenged new French law that banned its UberPOP service and updated rules on how taxi companies and chauffeured cars compete.

Uber suspends controversial UberPop service in France

Ride-hailing company pulls plug on service declared illegal months ago, just days after top executives were arrested and sent for trial.

Uber executives ordered to stand trial by French court

Bosses of ride-hailing firm face court accused of 'misleading commercial practices' and complicity in 'illegal exercise of the taxi profession'.

Uber France bosses taken into custody

Two men are being questioned in connection with investigation into alleged 'illicit activity' linked to ride-hailing company’s app.

French government seeks to defuse violent Uber protests in Paris

President Hollande described the anti-Uber demonstrations as 'unacceptable' but said the app-based chauffeur system should be dismantled.

Anti-Uber protests turn violent in France

Cars are burned and tyres slashed as angry French taxi drivers block transport hubs in protest against the mobile-based service.