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Paris taxi driver reported to the police after charging tourists €230 for airport trip

A French taxi association has reported a driver to police, after he massively overcharged two tourists for a ride from Charles-de-Gaulle airport to their hotel in Paris.

Paris taxi driver reported to the police after charging tourists €230 for airport trip
Official taxis in Paris are equipped with a green sign that turns red when they are occupied. Photo: AFP

The taxi driver charged two tourists €230 for a ride from the Charles-de-Gaulle airport, north of Paris, to their hotel in the 10th arrondissement in the city centre on Friday, January 1st.

The official price rate for the ride is €53.

After being contacted by the victims of the scam, the French taxi association Les nouveaux taxis parisiens (LNTP) reported the driver in question to the police.

 

The tourists, who flew in from Hong Kong, were far from the first to pay stung by rogue taxi drivers at the airport.

Unlicenced taxi drivers are known to wait around the airports or other touristy areas to prey on foreigners who are not familiar with the French fixed taxi fares.

However the taxi driver in question for this particular scam was not a rogue operator, but a proper taxi that had given the Hong Kong tourists an official receipt for their overpriced ride.

“This is a real taxi, it's one of ours. This gentleman has cast shame on our profession,” President of LNTP Jean Barreira told French newspaper Le Figaro, as he explained why the association has decided to file a formal complaint.

Barreira confirmed that the police have launched an investigation into the matter.

 

 

Member comments

  1. “The tourists, who flew in from Hong Kong, were far from the first to pay stung by rogue taxi” pay stung??? be stung?

  2. I nearly got stung before New Year as a returning resident – negotiating your way around CDG isn’t easy at the best of times and I never normally get a taxi but was a bit laden down with a train to catch – with Covid restrictions (one way walkways etc) at the mo and what turns out to be dodgy people shepherding you I was told by three separate people to go to door 16 then I realised it was a scam and then one of the three tried to stop me going back out to arrivals and said he would do me a special deal at 65 – he said the 53 euros wasn’t happening with Covid …I used to live in Italy and had thought I was savvy but this lot threw me. Covid, Brexit, masks and steamed-up glasses has turned me into a credulous wreck! I walked away, found the right place, paid my 53 euros to a LOVELY man and thought blimey, lucky escape…

  3. If you have been over charged in Paris, what is the authority you complain to and how do you get their email address?

  4. If planning to taxi from CDG, I always have a card in my wallet that has my destination address printed on it. It also has the price of 53E ? printed under that. I have never had a problem after I started this. I did have a driver to CDG who; when we were in heavy traffic pulled out his card machine and claimed it was broken, and said if I couldn’t pay I would need to get out…but I had cash.

  5. If you have been over charged in Paris, what is the authority you complain to and how do you get their email address?

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French justice minister faces trial on conflict of interest charge

France's justice minister has been ordered to stand trial in a conflict of interest case that has embarrassed President Emmanuel Macron's government, his lawyers said on Monday.

French justice minister faces trial on conflict of interest charge

His lawyers said they had immediately lodged an appeal to block the move.

Eric Dupond-Moretti, a former star defence lawyer, was last year charged with misusing his position to settle scores with opponents from his legal career, becoming the first sitting French justice minister to be charged in a legal probe.

The accusations relate to administrative inquiries into three judges. The three had ordered police in 2014 to pore through the phone records of dozens of lawyers and magistrates, including Dupond-Moretti, as part of an investigation into former president Nicolas Sarkozy.

The judiciary accused Dupond-Moretti of a witch-hunt.

He denied the allegations, saying he was merely acting on the recommendations of his staff to investigate possible mistakes by the magistrates who oversaw the seizures of the phone records.

The order to stand trial was issued by the investigation commission of the Law Court of the Republic in Paris (CJR), which hears cases of alleged wrongdoing by serving ministers.

But his lawyers, Christophe Ingrain and Remi Lorrain, said they had already appealed against the move.

“The order no longer exists,” they told reporters as they exited the CJR building.

Dupond-Moretti was not present.

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