Gig News: Uber Executives Arrested in France
TechCrunch reports that two Uber executives have been arrested in France for running illegal taxi operations and concealing digital documents. The arrests appear unrelated to last week’s violent anti-Uber protests by French taxi drivers. Taxi drivers see the new lower-priced UberPOP service, akin to UberX in the United States, as unfair competition. UberPOP drivers, unlike French taxi drivers, do not need a professional license. According to Time, while UberPOP has been illegal in France since last year, Uber pays driver fines and encourages them to work. Earlier this month, The New York Times published a story on the stronger regulatory resistance to Uber in France relative to in other countries.