Paris taxi drivers violently protest against Uber

PARIS

Five taxi unions organized the country-wide demonstration, calling the smart-phone based car service unfair competition.

Uber has faced resistance from taxi groups in the United States as well, forcing regulators to carve out new rules for their use.

French regulators issued a decree in December allowing independent car services to operate in the country, as long as drivers wait 15 minutes before picking up passengers.

The taxi unions say it's not enough.

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