Uber suffered a blow to its expansion plans in Europe on Tuesday after a senior adviser to the region’s highest court said that the ride-hailing service should have to abide by tough rules governing taxi services.
The recommendation, a nonbinding opinion by an advocate general for the Court of Justice of the European Union, comes as Uber faces an array of challenges worldwide . This year alone, the company has grappled with a sexual harassment scandal and the resignation last month of its chief executive, Travis Kalanick .
The case before the court hinged on whether Uber should be treated as a taxi service in France, and therefore subject to rigorous safety and employment rules, or as a digital platform that merely connected independent drivers with passengers.
The French authorities brought criminal proceedings last year […]