EU working on challenge against French taxi law after Uber complaint

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Posted: Apr 19, 2016 5:38 AM

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union is working on a legal challenge against a French law on taxis and chauffeured cars, two people familiar with the matter said, following a complaint from smartphone ride-hailing app Uber [UBER.UL].

The European Commission has concerns that provisions in France's Thevenoud law break EU treaties, the people said, such as the requirement that chauffeured cars return to a base between fares and the restriction on their use of geolocation services to help would-be passengers find available cars.

The challenge - which would represent the first step of formal infringement proceedings - could come at the end of May although no decision has been taken yet, the people said.

(Reporting by Julia Fioretti; editing by Philip Blenkinsop)