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Uber Pop says au revoir to France after court rules it ‘illegal’

Taxi drivers held a drive slow protest against Uber on Monday

A French court has banned an Uber service called Uber Pop which enables consumers to car-pool to decrease the cost of journeys.

The announcement came just days after the wider Uber service survive a court ruling, however, sharing scheme Uber Pop will be restricted in France as of January 2015. Furthermore, the firm was to remove any statements likening it to a taxi service.

A spokesperson for the French interior ministry spokesperson told iTELE: “Currently, people who use Uber Pop are not protected if there is an accident. Not only is it illegal to offer this service but additionally for the consumer there is a real danger.”

Following the announcement, Uber tweeted a defiant message: “Demand is very strong this morning, have a good week everyone.”

This follows the service being fully banned in Thailand, Spain and India last week.

Additionally, the taxi-hailing app came under fire during Monday’s Sydney hostage siege as it inflated prices by a minimum of to $100 to ferry fleeing consumers from the chaos.

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