Uber has partnered with global insurance company AXA to offer accident cover for its drivers in France.

While Uber and AXA confirmed the move on Tuesday (25 July), no further details about the scheme were made available.

Uber added that the plan would be in place by the autumn. Further details would be revealed once the coverage system was operational, it added.

Pierre-Dimitri Gore-Coty, Uber's head of operations for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, said: "This partnership [with AXA] will provide a safety net for the independent workers who enjoy flexible work at the touch of a button.

"We'll carry on listening about further improvements we can make to create the best possible experience."

Uber has faced criticism in several markets it operates in for ignoring workers' rights. Its drivers currently do not receive the same rights and privileges as employees, given the company classifies them as independent workers.