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Uber fined in France for running illegal service

The ride-hailing service suffers yet another setback in France.


Uber has suffered multiple setbacks in Europe, where the service has not always been well received.

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Uber and two of its executives were fined Wednesday by a French court for running an illegal transport service in Paris, reported Reuters.

At the heart of the dispute is the low-cost Uber Pop ride-hailing service, which uses nonprofessional drivers with their own cars to provide lifts to Uber customers.

The service was shut down in Paris after it was declared illegal, but that hasn't stopped the city's criminal court ordering Uber to pay 800,000 euros ($910,200) in total in various fines, as well as imposing smaller penalties on Pierre-Dimitri Gore-Coty, the company's head of Europe, Middle East and Africa, and Thibaud Simphal, Uber's general manager for France.

"We stopped Uber Pop last summer and we are disappointed by this judgment," an Uber spokeswoman said in a statement. "The European Commission has just published guidelines that support such services. The judgment does not impact our service in France today -- which now connects more than 12,000 professional drivers with 1.5 million passengers -- but we will appeal."