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French taxis to strike from Tuesday

media Taxi drivers block the Paris ringroad last June Reuters/Charles Platiau

French taxis are due to start a new strike on Tuesday with major disruption expected in Paris, especially around Charles De Gaulle and Orly airports. Unions and employers are joining forces to oppose passenger services offered by amateur driver, along the lines of US company Uber.

Organisers are predicting massive support from taxi drivers and they say that tempers may be as frayed as they were during last year's strikes, which saw blockades of roads, fisticuffs with non-strikers and vehicles set on fire.

Trade unions and employers' groups have come together to protest at the spread of companies putting non-professional drivers in touch with customers, claiming that measures already enacted by the government are often flouted or inoperable.

The Constitutional Council banned UberPop, the US giant's low-cost service, and new measures are planned.

But taxi firms say that reservations have fallen 20 per cent and 30 per cent fewer cabs are hailed in the street, although business has also been hit by the drop in tourism after the November Paris attacks.

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