Posted 06/26/2015 at 9:35 AM
Posted 2 years ago
On Thursday, the city of Paris, France was caught in the throes of a vigorous and violent protest by the city’s taxicab drivers over Uber’s growing presence in the country.
One witness to the unrest?
American rock singer Courtney Love.
Love took to Twitter to give her account of fleeing Roissy Charles de Gaulle Airport atop a motorcycle; she had to escape her chauffeured car after protesters attacked the vehicle by throwing rocks and slashing the tires in addition to damaging it with bats.
In the fashion that some of Courtney Love’s fans know her best for, she lit into French President Francois Hollande on the social media platform, stating: “This is France?? I’m safer in Baghdad.”
The taxi drivers took to the streets as part of a strike that no one can foresee an end to.
Drivers are incensed that Uber drivers aren’t required to get a license that costs other drivers 100,000 Euros to obtain.
The protests saw drivers blocking railway stations, burning tires and flipping over cars across the nation as well as obstructing the entrance to airports.
Uber has claimed that they have a million registered users including those signed up with their UberPop on-demand service in the country.
The French government has filed a complaint against the company via the Office of the Interior Minister along with the police, who have created a special task force assigned to issue fines to their drivers.