French court orders Uber to make changes to ride-hailing app, but does not ban the service

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A French court ruled Friday that Uber's ride-hailing service may infringe French law and ordered the company to make changes to its popular mobile app-based service.

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However, the court did not ban the popular service that launched earlier this year in France and that matches people seeking rides with drivers through a mobile phone app.

The Paris Commercial Court said it is ordering Uber to withdraw from its app to French users "all mention suggesting it is legal" for Uber's drivers to act like taxis — that is, driving around and waiting for clients.

Uber did not immediately return calls seeking comment.

Uber's French contretemps is the latest in a string of challenges that it and other ride-hailing companies such as Lyft face around the world, as taxi drivers argue the new car services have an unfair advantage because they don't have to follow the same regulations and can afford cheaper prices.