The recent riots in France reminded me of the French revolution of 1789 where the people were starving and poverty was everything. The authorities kept on ignoring the poor and the needy and then finally the general public took matters in their own hands by overthrowing the monarchy and establishing a republic. It was not an easy path, there was bloodshed and violence every where. I believe the history repeated itself in France again, the local taxi drivers and limo companies kept on demanding the government to shut Uber in France because it was affecting the local business. Finally when authorities failed to do so, people came on streets and protested against Uber illegal activities in France, there was violence everywhere. This time people didn’t want to overthrow the government rather they wanted Uber to be out of France.
French taxi drivers burned tires blocked roads and smashed Uber cars. It was complete chaos where police were firing tear gas against the protestors and there was violence in every street of France. The anger of the French taxi drivers is justified because Uber is operating illegally in France. The Uber drivers in France are not licensed by the French authority and driving without a license in illegal.
In the recent updates the French authorities have arrested UberFrence CEO Thibaud Simphal and its European general manager Pierre-Dimitri Gore-Coty for running an illicit business. Uber lauched Uberpop service in France and the authorities have been fining Uberpop drivers, yet the fines are being paid by Uber and encouraging drivers to keep driving for Uber. After the recent events it seems like Uber is having a very tuff time at home (USA) and in Europe. Uber is banned in Brussels, The Netherlands and now in France.