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Protesting chauffeurs disrupt access to Paris airport

Protesting chauffeurs are disrupting access to Paris' Charles de Gaulle Airport, amid tensions between traditional taxis and app-based car services as the government loosens regulations in the evolving sector.

Taxi drivers and chauffeurs pelted each other with projectiles overnight at the Porte Maillot interchange in western Paris, according to Paris police. No one was injured or arrested.

On Friday morning, chauffeurs began blocking the main road into Charles de Gaulle with about 50 cars, and the airport authority warned passengers to take the commuter train instead. A police official said gendarmes are clearing one lane to allow access.

Recent weeks have seen protests both by taxi drivers, who complain of unfair competition from services such as Uber, and rival chauffeurs, who say they're victims of discrimination by the government.