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France: 55,000 angry taxi drivers take on private competition00:57

France: 55,000 angry taxi drivers take on private competition

France, Paris
February 10, 2014 at 13:54 GMT +00:00 · Published

France: 55,000 angry taxi drivers take on private competition

Hundreds of taxi drivers gathered at the Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris, Monday, to participate in a nationwide protest against the VTC (voiture touristique avec chauffeur) or privately owned chauffeured cars which have been taking their business. The taxi drivers blared their horns throughout the city, carrying signs that read "55,000 angry taxis," and are reportedly not servicing anyone at the airport. The taxi drivers say they paid a lot of money for their specialized licenses while the VTC drivers can virtually work with out legislative regulation as they can rent cars from abroad.

Five unions coordinated the nationwide protest, CFDT, CG, FO, SDCTP, and CST. The taxi drivers left the airport at 09.00 (08.00 GMT) to reconvene at the Champ de Mars near Paris' Eiffel Tower.

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France: 55,000 angry taxi drivers take on private competition

Hundreds of taxi drivers gathered at the Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris, Monday, to participate in a nationwide protest against the VTC (voiture touristique avec chauffeur) or privately owned chauffeured cars which have been taking their business. The taxi drivers blared their horns throughout the city, carrying signs that read "55,000 angry taxis," and are reportedly not servicing anyone at the airport. The taxi drivers say they paid a lot of money for their specialized licenses while the VTC drivers can virtually work with out legislative regulation as they can rent cars from abroad.

Five unions coordinated the nationwide protest, CFDT, CG, FO, SDCTP, and CST. The taxi drivers left the airport at 09.00 (08.00 GMT) to reconvene at the Champ de Mars near Paris' Eiffel Tower.