Courtney Love was rescued by two Parisian motorcyclists on Thursday after striking taxi drivers smashed the car she was riding in.
“They’ve ambushed our car and are holding our driver hostage,” Love tweeted while attempting to leave the Charles de Gaulle Airport. “They’re beating the cars with metal bats. This is France?? I’m safer in Baghdad,” she added.
Taxi drivers were protesting the presence of the low-cost UberPop service, which they say is threatening their livelihood, according to the Associated Press.
“Paid some guys on motorcycles to sneak us out,” Kurt Cobain’s widow tweeted. “Got chased by a mob of taxi drivers who threw rocks, passed two police and they did nothing.”
She later posted a selfie with her knights in shining motorcycle helmets.
“There are people who are willing to do anything to stop any competition,” said Thomas Meister, a spokesman for Uber. “We are only the symptom of a badly organized market.”
Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said he had ordered a ban on unlicensed services like UberPop in the Paris region. Uber, though, is still legal and claims to have 400,000 customers every month in France.