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Uber downloads in France hit all-time high after strike

June 30, 2015, 4:34 PM UTC
Taxi drivers on strike burn tyres during a national protest against car-sharing service Uber in Marseille
Taxi drivers on strike burn tyres during a national protest against car-sharing service Uber in Marseille, France, June 25, 2015. French taxi drivers stepped up protests against U.S. online cab service UberPOP on Thursday, blocking road access to airports and train stations in Paris and other cities. REUTERS/Jean-Paul Pelissier - RTR4YV84
Photograph by Jean-Paul Pelissier — Reuters

When French taxi drivers rioted last Thursday against Uber, I suggested that they were hurting their own cause.

Not because local politicians wouldn’t capitulate (they have), but because the lack of taxis would cause people in France to download Uber for the first time. Basically the difference between short-term and long-term strategic thinking.

So I decided to take a look at Uber downloads in France, to see what happened during the strike. Not surprisingly, they spiked. In fact, Uber last Thursday was the second-monst downloaded iPhone app in France, which was the first time that had ever happened. Then, on Friday, it hit the top spot.

Here is a chart showing the past year of Uber downloads for iPhone, thanks to App Annie:

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Uber downloads in France fell back a bit over the weekend, but Uber remained the country’s most-downloaded travel app.