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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 court acquits four over death of British schoolgirl

A French court on Wednesday acquitted three English teachers and a lifeguard accused over the 2015 drowning of a 12-year-old British schoolgirl in France.

French court acquits four over death of British schoolgirl

Jessica Lawson drowned in July 2015 after a swim in a lake with 23 other British children on a school trip. She died after the pontoon they were playing on capsized near Limoges in southwest central France.

The trial began Tuesday in nearby Tulle, attended by the child’s parents.

The suspects including the teachers from Hull, northeast England, and the lifeguard on duty at the time were charged with manslaughter caused by a “deliberate breach of safety or caution”.

The judges said on Wednesday there were too many elements in the case that were unclear including exactly when the child disappeared in the water.

The court also could not establish a link between the pontoon overturning and the schoolgirl’s death.

The local authority was also cleared of any role in the death.

It was the lifeguard who had found the missing child at the bottom of the lake (lac de la Triouzoune) on July 21 and she was airlifted to hospital. She died the next day.

The public prosecutor had requested a suspended sentence of three years for the teachers and the same for the lifeguard, who was 21 years old at the time, as well as a lifetime ban on doing similar work.

The suspects denied that they had failed to provide proper surveillance.

A lawyer for the schoolgirl’s family said they hoped the public prosecutor would appeal the court’s decision, pointing to many issues.

“A young girl of 12 disappeared, the pontoon was dangerous and there was an obvious lack of surveillance. Another court must hear this,” lawyer Eloi Chan told AFP.

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