Courtney Love found herself in the middle of a massive anti-Uber strike organized by French taxi unions this morning, and she took to Twitter to rant about it. The musician was apparently traveling from one of Paris' airports into the city when her car was attacked by protesters. Today's strike was organized in protest against Uber's low-cost UberPop service, which French taxi unions say gives an unfair competitive advantage to the ride-hailing app.
Love's tweetstorm began with a message to Kanye West, whom she apparently crossed paths with at the airport. She included a picture of the car's broken window.
She later posted video of the incident to her Instagram page:
Her tweets soon veered into the hyperbolic as the situation unfolded, with Love claiming that her driver was taken "hostage" and appealing to French President François Hollande to intervene. She also likened the atmosphere to a war zone.
they've ambushed our car and are holding our driver hostage. they're beating the cars with metal bats. this is France?? I'm safer in Baghdad— Courtney Love Cobain (@Courtney) June 25, 2015
François Hollande where are the fucking police??? is it legal for your people to attack visitors? Get your ass to the airport. Wtf???— Courtney Love Cobain (@Courtney) June 25, 2015
Fortunately for everyone, Love eventually paid two men to bring her into Paris on the back of their motorbike, though they were still chased by protesters throwing rocks, according to a tweet she later posted.
paid some guys on motorcycles to sneak us out, got chased by a mob of taxi drivers who threw rocks, passed two police and they did nothing— Courtney Love Cobain (@Courtney) June 25, 2015
Her harrowing experience ended with smiles and peace signs when Love finally arrived in Paris, though she still seems very upset about the whole ordeal. "I'm scared out of my wits," she wrote on an Instagram post this afternoon, before questioning whether Hollande is a "president or libertine." "I can't believe this really just happened," she wrote. "[L]ove French people but your government blows."