Uber suspends service in France following violence


Uber has suspended its low-cost ride-hailing service in France in a bid to defuse an escalating legal dispute and violent tensions with traditional French taxi drivers.

An Uber spokesman said the low-cost service, called UberPop in France, is being suspended.

UberPop links users to drivers without professional taxi or chauffeur licences. French authorities had ordered it shut down but Uber refused, pending a legal decision at a top French court.

Uber France chief Thibaud Simphaud said in an interview in Le Monde that Uber changed its mind “in a spirit of bringing peace” with authorities.

Mr Simphaud and another European manager for San Francisco-based Uber were detained this week and ordered to stand trial to face charges including “deceptive commercial practices” and complicity in illegal activities.

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