Protesting taxi drivers disrupt access to Paris airport


Protesting taxi drivers are disrupting access to Paris’s Charles de Gaulle Airport, amid tensions between traditional cabs and app-based car services as the French government loosens regulations in the evolving sector.

Rival drivers pelted each other with projectiles overnight at the Porte Maillot interchange in western Paris, according to police in the capital.

No-one was injured or arrested.

On Friday morning, taxi drivers began blocking the main road into Charles de Gaulle with about 50 cars, and the airport authority warned passengers to take the commuter train instead.
A police official said gendarmes were clearing one lane to allow access.

Recent weeks have seen protests both by taxi drivers, who complain of unfair competition from services such as Uber, and rival cabbies, who say they are victims of discrimination by the government.

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