Europe

2 Uber execs facing jail in France amid tensions with taxis

Two of Uber's top European executives are appearing in criminal court in France on charges of running an illegal taxi operation, and they could face jail time.

The ride-hailing company has since shut down the low-cost UberPop service that prompted the charges. The company continues to operate in France despite repeated strikes and sometimes violent tensions with taxis.

Thibaud Simphal, France general manager, and Pierre-Dimitri Gore-Coty, chief for Western Europe, face up to five years in prison and a 300,000-euro ($338,000) fine each if convicted of all charges in Thursday's trial, which include violations of privacy law and allegations of commercial deception. Uber France faces a 1.5 million-euro ($1.7 million) fine.

Uber says the charges are unclear and the way the men are being prosecuted is questionable.