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France's Highest Court Upholds Ban on Uber's Low-Cost Service

The law in question states that only taxi services and certified chauffeurs can operate systems that put clients in touch with drivers.

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France’s highest court today upheld a law that bans Uber’s low-cost car-hailing service, UberPop, nearly three months after taxi unions staged nationwide protests against the service. The decision marks another setback for Uber, which has faced regulatory hurdles in several countries as it continues to expand. It also comes nearly a week before two Uber France executives are due to stand trial for deceptive business practices and other charges based on the law upheld today.

The law in question, passed late last year, states that only taxi services and certified chauffeurs can operate systems that put clients in touch with drivers. Uber had contested the constitutionality of the law, arguing that it was unfairly broad and that it limited competition. Unlike Uber’s other services, UberPop connected users with non-professional drivers.

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This article originally appeared on Recode.net.