Looks like Courtney Love won't be taking an Uber ride again any time soon. The Hole rocker was caught in the middle of a very bad situation in Paris on Thursday, June 25, when she, her vehicle (hailed via the mobile app), and driver were attacked by picketers angry that Uber was taking away local transportation business.
"They've ambushed our car and are holding our driver hostage," Love, 50, tweeted, adding that the assailants were beating her car with metal bats. "This is France? I'm safer in Baghdad!"
Keeping fans updated on the situation via social media, the singer-songwriter then pleaded with French president Francois Hollande for help. "Where are the f—king police? Is it legal for your people to attack visitors?" she wondered. "Get your ass to the airport."
After more than an hour, Love and her driver escaped the melee thanks to passersby on motorcycles, whom they paid to drive them to safety. However, a "mob of taxi drivers" followed, throwing rocks at Love.
According to the rocker, she passed police while leaving the scene, but the officers idly stood by. In an Instagram video, a shaken but safe Love watched as her driver assessed damage to his vehicle, including four slashed tires and windows beat in. "I'm scared out of my wits," Love blogged with the hashtag #happytobealive.
The Paris protests have gotten so violent, reports the BBC, that riot police have been forced to fire off tear gas at times. Authorities at Charles de Gaulle and Orly airports are advising passengers to travel by train, since road access has been cut off by the protestors.
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