French Punish Uber For Taxi Driver Violence Against Uber

This seems to be perfectly in the spirit of the times:

The French government has ordered police to crack down on Uber in Paris after violence erupted at demonstrations by taxi drivers against the online ride service.

Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said Thursday that he asked the Paris police authority to issue a decree forbidding activity by UberPOP drivers. Similar decrees have already been issued in other major French cities.

Cazeneuve said vehicles using UberPOP will now "be systematically seized" by police when caught operating.

The UberPOP app was ruled illegal by the French government last year, but the U.S. company hasn't yet exhausted all legal recourse and has told its drivers to keep operating.

Responding to Cazeneuve's comments Thursday, Uber said it was "still assessing on which legal ground such measures could be implemented."

Uber said that it is up to the courts to decide what is legal and that no court has so far told it to stop operating.

Angry over Uber's incursion into their industry, taxi drivers held protests around Paris on Thursday that disrupted traffic near airports, major rail stations and key intersections, ensnaring American rock singer Courtney Love in the chaos.

This is the corporate state at work -- any business not explicitly approved by politicians will be suppressed.


  1. mesaeconoguy:

    There is a very good reason why no one considers France a threat.

  2. mikehaseler:

    Let's just hope they all go on strike during the Dead Parrot Talks.
    It will do all those rich green delegates a power of good to have to walk from their five star hotels.

  3. TruthisaPeskyThing:

    I do not see how the U.S. avoids going where France is now. Individual liberty and freedom is not a valued attribute by the majority of Americans. The majority feels that the government will work for them if they give the government more power.

  4. mesaeconoguy:

    Exactly correct.

    Egalite et fraternite won out over liberte.

    So it shall be.

  5. vikingvista:

    Every microscopic economic special interest gets away with fleecing consumers. Today it is the taxi drivers in France, tomorrow the widget makers in Lilliput. And every time there's a government agency taking the sides of the thugs. When will consumers stop taking it like Kentucky sheep?

  6. obloodyhell:

    }}} ensnaring American rock singer Courtney Love in the chaos.

    "Singer". Yeah, that's it.

  7. obloodyhell:

    There are a LOT of people who know what's wrong. They just know that until the shit hits the fan, they can't fix it.

    Why do you think so many people want to be armed these days, and are so vociferous about defending that right?

    Even with crap like Connecticut they couldn't get any traction on victim disarmament. THAT tells you that the MAJORITY of Americans do not feel as you suggest they feel.

  8. mesaeconoguy:

    Now, especially now, a plurality of the US population understands that this government is not their friend, and that we are in the process of enumerating special powers and privileges for the grievance classes.

    This forces them to defensively entrench to protect what they still have.

    This does not end well.

  9. TruthisaPeskyThing:

    I do hope that you are right, but the realism in me says that you are not. I fear that libertarians and conservatives talk too much with themselves and do not realize how far the country's values have changed in the last few decades. We live in an information-driven society, and the three foci of information are academia, media-entertainment, and bureaucracy. All three of them are solidly and even vehemently anti-libertarian and anti-conservative.
    Moreover, in a figurative sense, when conservatives get armed, they tend to stand in a circle and fire. We hurt ourselves more than we hurt the opposition. One example is the number of conservatives who would not support Romney. There are short-term consequences to that decision, but the longer term consequence is that the Supreme Court will continue to have an anti-conservative / anti-Constitutional tilt for the foreseeable future.

  10. mlhouse:

    For anyone confused about the problem here is the explanation.

    Why does the Left protect the WEALTH of a taxi cab driver and attack the wealth of others?

    It is a pretty simple answer once the correct question is posed. The Leftist protect the taxi cab wealth represented by the medallions or licensing because that is the wealth that government dispenses at its convenience. When the government gets to dispense valuable assets like licenses they get kick backs in the form of bribes, "public relations" fees, and campaign kick backs.

    If the free market responds to a need in the market place that does not rely of the dispensation of government, the Leftist that control government will respond in force, including using the bayonet.

    It is sad that the weak followers of the Leftist ideal stand in line just to be slaves at best, victims at worse.

  11. Me too:

    The conservatives are killing themselves by letting the religious nutjobs run the party. I want a conservative fiscal policy but I can't support anyone that believes in talking snakes and thinks god causes earthquakes in Nepal because of gay marriage in the U.S.

  12. An Inquirer:

    To "Me too" . . . I think you have given a good illustration of why conservatives are losing in this country. I do not know what examples are referring to in talking snakes and earthquakes in Nepal, but I do not know of any prominent conservative who would make public policy decisions based on talking snakes and earthquakes in Nepal. The realistic impact of your statement is to blindly denigrate people of sincere faith and divide the conservative cause -- pushing this nation further into paths that you do not want.

  13. marque2:

    And what have the "Religious Nut jobs" done that offends you so? What policies due to the "Religious Nut Jobs" have affected you in a negative way.

    It is convenient to blame religious nut jobs - and actually pretend they have some kind of uber voice, when you want to explain your progressive votes, and want to pretend you actually believe in conservative economic policies.

  14. marque2:

    You get trolls and they put up stuff like this, to try to convince people to vote for progressives.

    As far as I know, there aren't any religious nut job laws that affect me in a negative way, but I can tell you tons of progressive ones, from business regulation, to CA's crazy laws that are increasing our gas prices $1 above the national average - oh and the government caused "drought"

    Seems like the last religious nut job issue "gay marriage" which only is an issue because government got involved in marriage in the first place, and wrecked it, is no longer an issue. What will "Me too" cry about now?

  15. Matthew Slyfield:

    "This does not end well."

    It ends in a great deal of pain and suffering, and more likely than not, violence and bloodshed.

    However, it also ends in an opportunity to start over and fix some of the problems we currently have.

  16. marque2:

    Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering.

    - Yoda

  17. Me too:

    You assume since I'm critical of republicans then I must be a democrat. Nope. Never have voted for one and never will. I dislike communism just as much as I dislike people making decisions base on voices from imaginary sky fairies.

  18. Larina Perez:

    All the Govt. has its own laws and everyone should follow the rule and regulation. We airport taxi detroit
    always obey the rules.