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Paris taxis end strikes as government gives in on minicabs

Published on Feb 14, 2014 1:11 AM

PARIS (AFP) - French taxi drivers said Thursday they would end a series of traffic-snarling strikes after the government agreed to suspend the issuing of new licenses to minicabs.

The strikes this week had caused logjams on city streets and at airports, as hundreds of cabbies protested over competition from minicabs.

The government gave in to one of their demands on Thursday, agreeing it would not register new minicabs while a mediator spends two months trying to resolve the crisis.

Taxi unions said they were ending strike action, with Nordine Dahmane of the FO-Taxis union hailing the government's "brave and wise decision".

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