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France to ban Uber's ride-hailing service in 2015

Uber's low-cost ride-hailing service will be banned in France next year, the government said Monday as hundreds of taxi drivers blocked roads around Paris to protest what they say are its unfair business practices. A new law tightening regulations for chauffeured rides will in effect ban the UberPop service as of Jan. 1, said Pierre-Henry Brandet, spokesman for France's Interior Ministry. "Currently, people who use UberPop are not protected if there is an accident. So not only is it illegal to offer this service but for the consumer there is a real danger," Brandet told the BFM television network. Several hundred taxis blocked the roads heading from the Paris...

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