France: Uber angry! Taxi drivers flip vehicles, battle police in anti-Uber protest

Taxi drivers obstructed access to Paris' airports and train stations, and blocked traffic on the city's main highway in protest against the Uber transportation app, Thursday. The protesters, saying that Uber is stealing their customers and undercutting their wages, blocked access to three terminals at Paris' Charles de Gaulle airport as well as the city's "peripherique" highway where the protesters set up trash bins as barricades. Vehicles purportedly using Uber were also overturned and smoke bombs detonated during Thursday's demonstration, in which protesters clashed with police. Uber was founded in March 2009 by American Travis Cordell Kalanick. As of May 2015, Uber taxis were available in in 58 countries and 300 cities worldwide.

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