The two Uber executives were arrested in June and charged with running an illegal taxi service and other violations. While Uber Pop has shut down, Uber's main service, which relies on professional drivers, remains in business.
The trial of two Uber executives, Uber France chief Thibaud Simphal and Pierre-Dimitri Gore-Coty, general manager for Western Europe, kicked off in France on Wednesday.. But the judge in the case quickly decided to delay further proceedings until mid-February, reports Yahoo. After some initial skirmishing by lawyers on the case, Judge Cecile Louis-Loyant said a five-month delay was needed to give prosecutors time to provide documents and computer files requested by Uber, Reuters reported.
French taxi drivers took to the streets this summer, smashing cars and setting tires on fire, as part of widespread protests against Uber. They also lobbied for a 2014 law which outlawed non-professional drivers from carrying passengers for profit -- the exact business model of Uber's lowest cost Uber Pop service in France. The country's highest court upheld the law last week.
If French taxi drivers really want to go back to the old days, the state should take away their cars, give each a horse and buggy and leave Uber alone.