Brussels — Uber suffered a new setback in Europe on Tuesday when an EU court adviser said France was entitled to charge local managers of the US ride-hailing app firm with running an illegal taxi service. Uber played down the non-binding opinion from an advocate-general at the Court of Justice of the EU (ECJ), saying it applied only to a service using unlicensed drivers known as UberPOP, which it had already discontinued in France. Judges will make a final ruling later this year. However, they generally follow the advice of their advocates-general and the comments come two months after another opinion that rejected Uber’s argument that it was only a digital platform and so subject to less regulation than a transport firm. The European court battles are being fought as Uber struggles with last month’s departure of its co-founder and CEO, Travis Kalanick, following a string of scandals that have battered one of the global stars of the US tech industry. The latest case before the ECJ w...

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