French police detain two managers from cab company Uber

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Two Uber managers have been taken into custody in Paris for questioning over “illicit activity” linked to the cab-hailing company’s low-cost service.

Prosecutor Agnes Thibault-Lecuivre did not name the two managers.

The American company has sparred with the French government over its service. Despite a violence-marred taxi strike, Uber said it would keep operating the service until a ruling by the country’s top court.

The stand-off reflects larger tensions in France over how to regulate fast-moving technology and stay globally competitive while ensuring labour protections.

French authorities are frustrated that Uber does not pay the same taxes and social charges as traditional taxis.

Uber argues that the French taxi system is outdated and needs reform to keep up with rapidly-evolving technology.

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