In France, Now It’s Striking Taxi Drivers

Striking French taxi drivers on Thursday blocked the roads to Paris Airports and the main ring road around the city in a protest against Uber, prompting riot police to fire tear gas at some. The drivers smashed up livery cars, set tires ablaze and blocked traffic across the country.

The nationwide strike is aimed at Uber after weeks of rising, sometimes violent tensions over the U.S. ride-hailing company. Taxi drivers are angry, saying Uber’s lowest cost service is taking their livelihood away. Despite repeated rulings against the low-cost UberPop service, its drivers continue to ply French roads and the American ride-hailing company is actively recruiting drivers and passengers alike.

ABC’s Tom Rivers joined us from London to discuss.