French taxi drivers on strike over working conditions and “unfair” competition from Uber

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PARIS (AP) — Paris police have fired tear gas on taxi drivers trying to march onto a major highway, amid nationwide French strikes and protests over working conditions and competition from non-traditional services such as Uber.

Hundreds of French taxis, joined by a few from Belgium and Spain, are blocking a massive intersection leading into western Paris, causing disruption throughout surrounding avenues.

Dozens of taxi drivers tried to march from the Porte Maillot intersection onto an eight-lane bypass, but police pushed them back with tear gas. Some drivers set pre-dawn bonfires put out by firefighters Tuesday morning.

Traditional taxi drivers are protesting what they consider unfair competition from Uber, which has faced a string of legal challenges in France. Previous protests have also turned violent.