Uber

Macron 'proud' of his support for Uber amid row over leaked files

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Move came amid calls for an inquiry and criticism that Macron had done Uber’s bidding at the expense of workers’ rights and against the will of the left-leaning government he served in as a minister at the time.

French MPs call for parliamentary inquiry into Macron's dealings with Uber

France

French MPs gathered earlier this week to debate a censure motion against the new government tabled by the NUPES leftwing coalition. The motion was defeated, but the rowdy parliamentary session soon centred on the “Uber Files” revelations of how Emmanuel Macron, when economy and finance minister, secretly championed the US company’s project to set up business in France. As Pauline Graulle reports, the Left are determined to hold the French president to account over what one MP called “a state scandal”, and are pushing for a parliamentary committee of inquiry into the affair.

'Uber Files' reveal help Macron gave to taxi firm's business in France

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A massive leak of data to The Guardian, and shared with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists and a number of media organisations reveals how a 90-millon-dollar-per-year lobbying and public relations effort recruited friendly politicians, notably Emmanuel Macron and former EU commissioner Neelie Kroes, to help in its campaign to disrupt Europe's taxi industry.

Uber loses French case as driver is declared employee

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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

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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

France

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

France

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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