Cabbies block roads as France hit by multiple strikes

Anti-riot policemen detain a man during a taxi drivers on the peripherique ring road at porte Maillot in Paris on January 26, 2016Angry French taxi drivers blocked key roads with burning tyres and hundreds of flights were cancelled as air traffic controllers joined civil servants, hospital staff and teachers for a “Black Tuesday” of strikes. At Paris’s Orly airport, one protester was injured when a shuttle bus forced its way through a blockade, with the driver saying he “panicked”. Some 2,100 taxi drivers, furious over upstart competitors such as Uber, blocked the capital’s ring road at a key western intersection, lighting fires and throwing smoke bombs.

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