Two extreme responses to the disrupter known as Uber. In France, the solution is to just say Non. As David Jolly and Mark Scott of the New York Times report:
Just days after Uber survived a lawsuit here brought by taxi operators, the French government said on Monday that the American company’s low-cost ride-sharing service would be banned in the new year.
Meanwhile, in Washington, there will be an effort, by the city, to compete. As Colin Lecher at the Verge reports:
The capital's taxi commission announced on Friday that it will begin beta testing the "Universal D.C. TaxiApp" in March. Riders will be able to hail one of the city's 7,000 licensed taxis if they're in the area, but private services like Uber and Lyft will still be allowed.
One suspects that, somehow, both these efforts are headed for failure.