Uber loses key French case, driver declared employee


A photo illustration shows the Uber app on a mobile telephone, as it is held up for a posed photograph, in London. Photo: Reuters PARIS: France’s top civil court dealt ride-hailing giant Uber a setback on Wednesday with a key ruling that it had effectively employed one of its drivers. Uber has long argued it is merely a platform linking self-employed drivers with riders, a model which allows for avoidance of certain taxes and social charges as well as paid vacations.