There's an Uber protest in France and Courtney Love is somehow involved

Courtney Love has been caught up in violent anti-Uber protests in Paris.

French taxi drivers have blocked access to airports and railway stations in protest against the cheap taxi app. Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris has said it is only accessible by train.

The Independent's John Lichfield, reporting from Paris, explains:

Riot police used tear gas and baton charges to disperse taxi-drivers who briefly blocked the Paris ring road with burning tires. Suspected Uber cars were pelted with missiles or overturned. One taxi-driver was taken to hospital after being run-over.

Musician Love found herself embroiled in the protest when she tried to get to the airport.

In a message directed at French president François Hollande, Love added: "Where are the f---ing police??? is it legal for your people to attack visitors? Get your ass to the airport."

She later added:

The anti-Uber protests follow judgments in French courts which have banned matching unlicensed drivers with would-be passengers by the phone app.

Amid the protests there were reports of gangs of taxi-drivers “hunting down” suspected Uber drivers at airports. Limousines alleged to be operating for Uber were overturned at Charles de Gaulle and at Porte Maillot on the western edge of Paris.

Love was not the only one who took to Twitter to complain. French social media was overwhelmed by angry comments from disgruntled taxi users. One typical comment by 'Victor' said: “I would like to feel sorry for the taxi drivers but I am sick of rude drivers, always on strike and much more expensive than in other cities.”

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