The French government is set to ban Uber, even though the ride-sharing service recently survived a lawsuit brought by the country’s taxi operators. On Friday, a Paris court ruled the company could continue operating UberPop, the French version of Uber. However, Pierre-Henry Brandet, an interior ministry spokesman, said Uber services would be banned in France as of Jan. 1, 2015. He cited a French court that ruled against Uber in October, and said the decision “had well demonstrated the illegal nature of the service.” Brandet also said that those who continue to operate Uber cars after the ban takes effect could face two years in prison and a fine of €300,000. The French ban is just the latest knock against Uber. Spain banned the service from operating last week, as did New Delhi, a move that followed reports that an Uber driver allegedly raped a female passenger.
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