Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation

Uber France managers arrested in Paris


France could be hailing the end of Uber.

After days of demonstrations across the country, with tyres set alight outside Nantes airport and taxi drivers overturning cars on the streets of Paris, France's grudge against Uber and its uberPOP offering has taken a new twist, with two of the French operation's leading managers taken into custody.

Word comes from the Associated Press that the managers were arrested for "illicit activity" linked to the company's low-cost hire service, after France's interior minister Bernard Cazeneuve ordered police and prosecutors to enforce its closure. Further sources have identified the managers as Uber France CEO Thibaut Simphal and Uber Europe GM Pierre-Dimitri Gore-Coty. 


The executives have been charged on two different counts: that of running an "illegal" taxi service in the eyes of French law, and for concealing digital documents from French police.

In March this year, police had raided Uber's offices in Paris after the launch of its uberPOP service had ruffled commercial feathers - with "non-professional" drivers allowed to supply lifts to the public. The Paris commercial court had stated that a ban of the cheap service would require a ruling of the criminal court, and as such the service could keep operating until the matter had received a final legal ruling.

Uber has courted commercial anger in almost every market its launched in, outpacing older taxi systems and legal practices with its cheap, app operated service. While it's made huge profits across the world, gaining an $18 billion valuation last year, the recent violence in France could give the company pause for thought in its approach to disrupting markets.

That, or they could just carry on pissing off governments until they're formally banned from most of Europe.



You can hire a boat with Uber (in Istanbul)


What It's Like To Be An Undercover Cop In A Drug Cartel


10 Things Nobody Tells You Will Happen When You Plan A Wedding


QUIZ: Which Of These 'Modern' Words Are Actually Really Old?


Samsung put TVs on the back of trucks to make them transparent


Humans Could Be Completely Extinct Within 80 Years


The real reason pool water makes your eyes sting is not what you think


These Are The 5 Happiest Places To Live In London (And The 5 Bleakest)


We’re On The Cusp Of An Ice Age So Cold The Thames Could Freeze Over



Six reasons you should run an ultramarathon

Our writer on why you should take on this superhuman challenge

by Howard Calvert
13 Sep 2016

How to negotiate a life-changing salary rise

Baby we got your money

by Nick Pope
13 Jun 2016

How to make your cat more affectionate

Fiercely independent or just fierce, this is how you make them love you

by Emily Badiozzaman
19 Feb 2016

TFL Could Push Uber To Extinction With New 'Unfair' Regulations

30 Sep 2015

These Chat-Up Lines Will (Apparently) Make You Great At Online Dating

28 Sep 2015

Brick-Lane's anti-gentrification protesters are their own enemy

by Joe Ellison
28 Sep 2015

Syria Crisis So Bad A Food Vault Meant For Apocalypse Has Been Opened

24 Sep 2015