Uber Suspends Ride-Sharing App in France Amid Taxi Drivers Protests

© REUTERS / Charles PlatiauFrench riot police stand next to an overturned car as striking French taxi drivers demonstrate at the Porte Maillot to block the traffic on the Paris ring road during a national protest against car-sharing service Uber, in Paris, France, June 25, 2015
French riot police stand next to an overturned car as striking French taxi drivers demonstrate at the Porte Maillot to block the traffic on the Paris ring road during a national protest against car-sharing service Uber, in Paris, France, June 25, 2015 - Sputnik International
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According to reports, the UberPOP ride-sharing app will suspend its services in France.

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MOSCOW (Sputnik) The UberPOP ride-sharing app will suspend its services in France on Friday night, Le Monde reported, citing Uber France Director General Thibaud Simphal.

"We have decided to suspend UberPop in France, from 20 o'clock this Friday night [July 3]," Simphal told the newspaper.

UberPOP allows smartphone owners to arrange their transportation by getting in touch with nearby drivers, not necessarily certified taxi drivers. Uber's prices are generally significantly lower than those of traditional taxi services.

Numerous critics of the service suggest that UberPOP creates unfair competition, puts passengers’ lives at risk and allows drivers to avoid taxes.

The app has been banned in France since January, but remained in operation awaiting a ruling by Constitutional Court expected in September. Last week, thousands of French taxi drivers took part in a nationwide protest against UberPOP.

According to the head of Uber France, the main reasons behind the decision to suspend UberPOP services were the company's desire to protect Uber drivers and to show its readiness for dialogue with the French authorities.

Created in 2009, Uber is a San-Francisco-based transportation company. Uber taxi service is available in 57 countries around the world.

© AP Photo / Bastien InzaurraldeUberPOP driver Anthony Loussala-Dubreas, 24, of Paris, turns on his smartphone in his car in Paris, Friday, Dec. 12, 2014
UberPOP driver Anthony Loussala-Dubreas, 24, of Paris, turns on his smartphone in his car in Paris, Friday, Dec. 12, 2014 - Sputnik International
UberPOP driver Anthony Loussala-Dubreas, 24, of Paris, turns on his smartphone in his car in Paris, Friday, Dec. 12, 2014
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