Angry Paris cabbies vow to keep up strike pressure
PARIS (AFP) - Paris taxi drivers vowed Wednesday to push on with strikes that caused logjams on city streets and at airports, despite the damage done to their already questionable reputation.
Paris taxis have been carrying out strikes since Monday in protest over the growing use of minicabs, which they say are cutting into their business.
Taxi drivers in France have long been protected by strict licensing limits that cause much grumbling among Paris residents over a dearth of available cabs and sometimes dubious customer service.
The minicabs, known in France as tourist vehicles with chauffeur (VTCs), were introduced in 2009 as an attempt to address the chronic shortfalls of taxis, particularly in Paris, the most visited city in the world.