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Paris Prosecutors Arrest Uber Managers

In the aftermath of last week’s violent protests against the presence of ride-sharing company Uber, Paris police have arrested two managers of the firm’s French operations. The BBC:

A spokeswoman for the Paris prosecutor said they were in custody for questioning over “illicit activity”.

Uber, which puts vetted drivers in touch with passengers, is unpopular with registered drivers in many cities because they tend to undercut prices.

The contention in France is over Uber’s low-cost UberPop offering—the European equivalent of UberX, which allows anyone to register and become a driver. Though the program was banned in France in December, Uber has continued its operation by, allegedly, paying the fines that its drivers accumulate.

The question at the heart of the Uber debate is whether there needs to be regulation in place to protect cab drivers and moderate prices, or if governments should allow the preferences of the market to dictate what a fair fare is. If there was any doubt about which position France is taking as it grapples with the growth of its sharing economy, this may put paid to it.

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