Courtney Love Tweets Her Car Was Attacked by French Uber Protesters
"They’ve ambushed our car and are holding our driver hostage. They’re beating the cars with metal bats. This is France?? I’m safer in Baghdad," Love posted on social media on Thursday.
As French taxi drivers protest ride-hailing app Uber with violent rallies across the country, Courtney Love tweeted that her car was attacked by protesters in Paris.
In a series of social media posts, Love wrote that she had been caught in the protests and her Uber car hit with metal bats by angry taxi drivers. She compared Paris to Baghdad in the tweets.
Taxi drivers blocked access to the city’s two main airports and its international train stations since early Thursday morning, as well as blocking access roads coming into the city by burning tires and attacking cars, throwing the city into transport chaos.
“Dude @kanyewest we may turn back to the airport and hide out with u.picketers just attacked our car #ParisUberStrike,” Love wrote. She attached a photo of the furious protesters to her message.
“they’ve ambushed our car and are holding our driver hostage. they’re beating the cars with metal bats. This is France?? I’m safer in Baghdad,” she continued.
they've ambushed our car and are holding our driver hostage. they're beating the cars with metal bats. this is France?? I'm safer in Baghdad— Courtney Love Cobain (@Courtney) June 25, 2015
In a tweet directed at French president Francois Hollande, she wrote: “where are the f—ing police??? is it legal for your people to attack visitors? Get your ass to the airport. WTF???”
François Hollande where are the fucking police??? is it legal for your people to attack visitors? Get your ass to the airport. Wtf???— Courtney Love Cobain (@Courtney) June 25, 2015
In the end she said she paid locals with motorcycles to “sneak [her] out.” “Got chased by a mob of taxi drivers who threw rocks, passed two police and they did nothing.”
paid some guys on motorcycles to sneak us out, got chased by a mob of taxi drivers who threw rocks, passed two police and they did nothing— Courtney Love Cobain (@Courtney) June 25, 2015
She later posted the below Instagram video of what she claimed were protesters trying to open the doors while police stood by. "how on earth are these people allowed to do this? the first car was destroyed, all tires slashed and beat with bats, these guys trying to open the doors and the cops are doing nothing?? French Taliban? civil reform needed in France?? I want to go home," she wrote.
Protests have spread out across the country, with violent attacks and fires reported in various cities, including Marseille and Lyon, as well as across the south of France where several celebrities and entertainment executives are in town for Cannes Lions festival.
In Cannes, drivers blocked access to downtown, cutting off drivers and the nearby Nice airport. One driver reported he had picked up guests from Cannes as early as 4 a.m. in an effort to get them to the airport before the roads were blocked but was unsuccessful, meaning the guests had to walk along the roadway to access the airport.
Kim Kardashian, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Freida Pinto and Mark Ronson were all in town for talks Wednesday, with Brian Grazer on the schedule for Friday.
The protests come after months of legal maneuvers from French taxi driver unions to have Uber’s lower cost POP service banned in France, which the taxi drivers say is unfair competition.