The past haunts French President Emmanuel Macron, one of the international leaders splashed by the Uber scandal. An international journalistic investigation following the leak of thousands of internal company documents reveals how prominent political figures participated directly or indirectly in a brutal rollout strategy at the cost of trampling on workers’ rights.
“Emmanuel Macron, of course, is prominent in this. Also Joe Biden and a dozen former Obama Administration officials, some of them quite high level, were in the embrace of the Uber model, which by definition endangers labor protections and labor rights…” Dean Starkman of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists explained to Euronews.
According to this investigation in addition to showering politicians with gifts, Uber broke laws, secretly lobbied governments, misled police and took advantage of violence by cab drivers against Uber drivers after breaking into a hyper-regulated market.
“While doing so there was a blatant disregard for the basic principles of the rule of law. They ignored local laws. They broke into the markets without a license and without a permit and began to basically undermine the market,” Starkman said.
In France, the opposition is demanding explanations from the president for his actions during his time as finance minister. Brussels has sent a letter to former European Commission vice-president Neelie Kroes asking her to clarify her relationship with the company.
The opposition wants explanations from Macron
The opposition left and RN, but also the CGT, have raised the tone this Monday after the revelation by the press of privileged exchanges between Uber and Emmanuel Macron when he was in Bercy, now summoning the president to give explanations.
LFI deputy Alexis Corbière is already studying the creation of a parliamentary commission of inquiry, while RN calls for a “right of follow-up” of a previous commission on the Alstom affair, following the information of the “Uber Files”, an investigation based on thousands of internal Uber documents sent by an anonymous source to the British newspaper The Guardian and transmitted to the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) and 42 media partners.
In this context, Le Monde looked into the links between the American company and Emmanuel Macron at the time when he was Minister of Economy (2014-2016). The newspaper concludes that there was a secret “agreement” between Uber and Emmanuel Macron in Bercy.