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The Uber app in action in San Francisco, Calif. (AP)
(Bloomberg) — France plans to ban Uber Technologies Inc.’s UberPop car service, three days after a Paris judge rejected a bid to block the smartphone application that lets users get rides with private cars.

“We are banning the service where someone can be a driver while not having the training, the background checks and basic requirements,” Pierre-Henry Brandet, an Interior Ministry spokesman, said in a telephone interview today. “Car-sharing is allowed but not this service.” The ban will take effect on Jan. 1, he said.

Governments are stepping up regulation of Uber, a service that has angered licensed taxi drivers who say it’s unfair competition. The startup was sued last week by the district attorneys of Los Angeles and San Francisco over claims it makes false assurances about drivers’ background checks. That followed a ban in Spain, while Rio de Janeiro declared the service illegal and the Netherlands halted its ride-sharing offer.

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