>> Yet another legal set back for Uber. The EU's top court says France can bring criminal proceedings against its managers for running an illegal taxi service. The case only affects the uberPOP service which was suspended three years ago. It allowed ordinary unlicensed drivers to offer ride shares through the app for a fee.
So normal Uber services in France won't be affected. The ride summoning app has angered traditional taxi drivers since it was set up in 2011, triggering protests and spats with local authorities. The EU court recently classified it as a transport service, stripping it of the protection digital services enjoy.
It has been forced to quit Denmark and Hungary, and London stripped it of its license last year, a decision Uber is appealing. The latest ruling concerns charges brought against two Uber managers. France changed the law to say only official taxis could use apps to show the location of available cars.
The company had argued the charges weren't valid, as France never got European Commission approval for the law change. That has now been overruled.