An Uber car transporting execs for app company Eventbrite was attacked during a trip in Paris, indicating that the row between cab drivers and ride-sharing services could be heading to a rather dark place.

The attackers, believed by Uber to be disgruntled cabbies, slashed two of the car's tires, broke windows and dumped glue on the body. One of the passengers was cut during the incident, although Autoblog's sister site, Engadget, reports the Uber driver escaped before before the attackers could get into the car.

We last reported on the battle between ride-sharing apps and traditional cabs two weeks ago, when a change in French law required ride-sharing apps to wait a minimum of 15 minutes after receiving a reservation to pick up their fare. The change in the law was endorsed by cab drivers, who think Uber and other apps have an unfair advantage.

Engadget reports that the law will likely be changed, according to a report in the humorously named Rude Baguette. Apparently, the 15-minute rule was passed by a presidential decree, which is subject to different anti-competition standards.

For its part, Uber condemned the attack in a statement, which you can read below.

Unfortunately, I can confirm this morning's incident in Paris occurred and we strongly condemn this severe violence two of our riders and our partner were confronted with.

First and foremost, we are relieved that all involved are safe and ok. Also, we would like to praise our partner who has shown great courage and professionalism, focusing on getting his customers out of a very challenging situation as swiftly as possible.

That the taxis chose to use violence today is unacceptable, that they chose to strike is their business. However, Parisians also have a choice when it comes to moving around in their cities, and today's incident will certainly not tempt Parisians into choosing a taxi for their next ride. Safety, reliability and choice, not violence, are what continues to draw customers towards private hire vehicles.



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      AcidTonic
      • 11 Months Ago
      This just in, wheelchair company bans walking. Cites walking as leading cause of business loss.... Wheelchair business owners seen breaking legs of anyone who dare walk past their store.
      Actionable Mango
      • 11 Months Ago
      So does knowing that taxi drivers are willing to assault people and cars make you more likely to want to use them, or less likely?
      Avinash Machado
      • 11 Months Ago
      I guess they prefer a monopoly to competition.
      Gorgenapper
      • 11 Months Ago
      Talk for 3 hours √ Lunch for 1 hour √ Work for 3 hours √ Kidnap people √ Vandalize and attack the competition √ Good job ya cheese-eatin' surrender monkeys.
        EZEE2
        • 11 Months Ago
        @Gorgenapper
        The great thing is, the French have criticized Obama for being to timid when it comes to Syria. The French. The French socialist prime minister. He has criticized the USA for being too wimpy. France. Says we are wimpy. France.
          Thereminator
          • 11 Months Ago
          @EZEE2
          Because of the difference in French/American political spectrum,Obama would be considered somewhat conservative in France. Although there seems to be a bizarre cognitive dissidence when thinking about Frances willingness to use arms(maybe related to the U.S. involvement in Irac/Afghanistan). I happen to be atheist and support an individualist/libertarian ideology. It seems,sadly that a popular centralist/moderate political opinion has taken a back seat to the more extreme and polarizing far-right Theocracy and far-left Socialist. At some point the voting public must stop this pendulum of extremes...or pay for their indifference.
          flubadub
          • 11 Months Ago
          @EZEE2
          If you look at Hollande's comment as directed at Obama, it makes some sense. But I don't want to encourage Obama to respond in action. Spineless narcissists without convictions can be very dangerous and erratic when they feel they have something to prove.
          Marcopolo
          • 11 Months Ago
          @EZEE2
          @ EZEE2 Well, yeah, naturally France would consider US actions toward Syria a little timid. The last time France was in Syria, it took fierce fighting by an allied army (mostly Australian) to get rid of General Henri Dentz, Vichy French troops and Vichy's fascist allies. French government agencies, and special service troops, in support of Total Oil, planned, equipped, and financed the overthrow and murder of Libyan President Muammar Gaddafi, (a French special service officer, supervised the capture of Gaddafi, and order his elimination), not out any of moral conviction, but to preserve French access to Libyan oil and prevent oil sales to the PRC. Syria's civil war has no 'righteous' side for the US to support, and the western world should just stay out of what is purely a civil war being fought out among the various factions of the Syrian people. Civil wars are always the most savage,( as the US should know ), and interventions by 'great powers' just makes things worse.
          EZEE2
          • 11 Months Ago
          @EZEE2
          @marco I looked at a map once of Libya in relation to oil, who owned what and where, and that one had me baffled as to why we 'bought' the arguments on it. Not even OUR big oil! We were fighting for other people's big oil! With Syria, I think early on there was a 'good' side. As time passed and foreign fighters started streaming in, I would cringe at the thought of helping anyone. Al Nusra? No. Assad? No.
      Cool Disco Dan
      • 11 Months Ago
      And the French wonder why jobs are fleeing. There are literally entire companies moving out in a weekend right under the noses of the workers and moving to the S-block nations.
      manure
      • 11 Months Ago
      France... there are many other countries interested in modernity and prosperity... enjoy poverty.
        RGT881
        • 11 Months Ago
        @manure
        Yep, I personally think that the taxi business model as we know is perhaps...gasp...outdated and no longer applies as much as it thinks it deserves to.
      mylexicon
      • 11 Months Ago
      Watching blue-collar French workers adapt to an evolving business environment is like stepping back into time. Everything about them is positively medieval. How long until France outlaws carpooling?
      jhnsn653
      • 11 Months Ago
      Uber is the feature of taxi cabs, I recently go to New York and because I did not know that inside JFK terminals are illegal taxi cabs I got one and in the end I pay hiim $250 dollars from JFK to Manhattan. When I got the taxi he told me that the cost will be $120 dollars and then when I arrive at my hotel he change his mind and told me that because of tolls the fare will be $150 dollars, then he changed on of the $100 bills I give him and in the end the taxi cost me $250. Beware of illegal taxi in New York, and also beware when you pay any taxi because they change bills a lot of times including the yellow cabs. I am thinking of always use UBER at all places because this scammers, they always try to charge you more in all countries.
      karlhungus
      • 11 Months Ago
      "subject to different anti-competition standards" very french.
      RGT881
      • 11 Months Ago
      Nothing in life is equal, fair and without a disadvantage/advantage and if you think that the you are either French or guilt ridden white upper middle class American. Anyway, stereotypes aside, what could have stopped French cabbies from coming up with a system similar to Uber, or at least compete on pricing. Plus, shouldn't the consumer have the last word with their hard earned money rather than a lazy, unimaginative French cabbie and worse, the government? Well, there is really no surprise because when push comes to shove, French never have the ability to suck it up, swallow the pride and get to work. That's why France is in shambles.
      EVnerdGene
      • 11 Months Ago
      a taxi is vandalized in France and that's news ?
      Santini Brice
      • 11 Months Ago
      the problem is that french taxi licence is more than 100.000€. Ubers taxi don't pay that licence. you said unfair ? XD
        Jarda
        • 11 Months Ago
        @Santini Brice
        isn't the primary problem, and the most immoral one, the fact that you have to pay €100k for... for what was it again? That you are allowed to let people sit into your car when they ask you?
          rsxvue
          • 11 Months Ago
          @Jarda
          On one hand you have law-abiding citizens who pay for this 100k license and then on the other you have a new ride-sharing program that threatens this establishment and doesn't have to pay for the license. This is a case of the law needing to catch up to technology. If I were a taxi driver, I'd ditch the taxi license and save 100k.
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