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Paris taxi strikes

    London black cab driver Kamel Abdellaoi, who travelled from the UK to join his Parisian colleagues in Tuesday’s strike, told FRANCE 24 that fed-up taxi drivers had “nothing to lose” and that the protests would only intensify.

    “This is war,” he said, referring to cabbies’ opposition to apps such as Uber, adding that taxi drivers from across Europe had joined the protest in France.

    “This is a Europe-wide, and even global problem,” he said. “Anyone can become a Uber driver. There are no criminal record checks, there is no requirement for a minimum of local knowledge, many of these people are not paying taxes, and the number of them is increasing all the time.”

    “Paris cabbies have paid up to 240,000 euros just to get a license,” the London hackney cab driver pointed out.

    Abdellaoi is currently at Porte Maillot on the Paris ring road where they are blocking the motorway linking the airport and French capital in a “go-slow” protest.

    “Enough is enough,” he said, adding that taxi drivers were united in stopping this “chaotic and unregulated jungle” that he believes is destroying the licensed taxi trade.

    “The worldwide alliance is getting bigger and stronger,” he said. “We will not stop.”