You can be on Entrepreneur’s cover!

Angry Protesters Attack Uber Car in France Be glad you weren't in this Uber car when French taxi drivers turned violent.

By Jason Fell

entrepreneur daily

Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.

For two Uber customers in Paris, their ride was not at all what they expected.

Major taxi unions in the French capital staged protests Monday against startup Uber and other independent car services for "unfair competition." The local taxi drivers feel that their jobs are threatened by new services such as Uber, French newspaper Le Monde reports.

But the protests turned violent when taxi drivers apparently attacked the Uber van that was transporting Kat Borlongan, co-founder of consulting firm Five by Five, and Eventbrite CTO Renaud Visage.

"They also tried to open the doors, but fortunately our driver had locked them," Visage told The Verge. While their van didn't have any visible Uber branding on it, the protesters were attacking vehicles from all types of independent operators.

Uber confirmed the incident in a statement on its website. "That taxis chose to use violence today is unacceptable, that they chose to strike is their business," the company said. "However, Parisians also have a choice when it comes to moving around in their city, and today's incident certainly discourages Parisians from choosing a taxi for their next ride."

The attack comes just days after a separate incident involving union workers at a soon-to-be shuttered Goodyear plant in the French town of Amiens, who held two executives hostage as they sought to negotiate bonus and severance packages.

Uber has faced legal and political pushback as the company expands, aiming to disrupt traditional transportation services. Uber is in numerous cities across 26 countries globally. It has been available in Paris since 2011.

Related: The Outrageously Silly Argument Against Uber's Surge Pricing

Jason Fell

VP, Native Content

Jason Fell is the VP of Native Content, managing the Entrepreneur Partner Studio, which creates dynamic and compelling content for our partners. He previously served as Entrepreneur.com's managing editor and as the technology editor prior to that.

Want to be an Entrepreneur Leadership Network contributor? Apply now to join.

Editor's Pick

Business News

James Clear Explains Why the 'Two Minute Rule' Is the Key to Long-Term Habit Building

The hardest step is usually the first one, he says. So make it short.

Business Ideas

63 Small Business Ideas to Start in 2024

We put together a list of the best, most profitable small business ideas for entrepreneurs to pursue in 2024.

Business Solutions

Keep Inspiration in Reach with Nix Color Sensor, Now $60 for One Week Only

Scan any surface and get a detailed report of the color you're looking for.

Business Solutions

Set Your Team up for Success and Let Them Browse the Internet Faster

With ad blocking, Control D is $35 through April 21.

Living

Look Sharp with This Gillette Body Razor Set for $15

This Gillette Body Razor comes with nine refill blade cartridges and is on sale for $14.99 (reg. $24) for a limited time only.

Business Solutions

Grab Microsoft Project Professional 2021 for $20 During This Flash Sale

This small investment is well worth the time it will save your team in organizing and monitoring project work.