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French court fines Uber $162,500 for misleading practices

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A French appeals court upheld charges against, fining it 150,000 euros ($162,500) for "misleading commercial practices".

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France banned Uber's low-price UberPOP service in January. Uber continued to run the low-cost UberPOP service in France for several months after the ban, leading to a spate of violent protests by taxi unions in June that saw cars set alight and several Uber drivers and passengers attacked.

Uber finally shut down UberPOP in July after two of its French bosses were arrested and charged with "misleading commercial practices (and) complicity in the illegal exercise of the taxi profession".

The appeals court increased the fine from 100,000 euros that was originally handed down in October 2014. It argued Uber misrepresented UberPOP by claiming it was a ride-sharing service rather than a normal taxi service.

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