Bob, I’ve spent weeks and months in Paris at a time, often, and lived there for a year as an adult in addition to growing up there... I have always found it almost impossible to find a taxi at a taxi stand. I can count 3 times it’s happened. And only one time I was able to hail a taxi on the street.
I’ve never understood why. I guess you just have good luck!
In London or NYC you lift your arm for any reason and a taxi stops... : )
One day in Paris, it was intensely intensely raining and the wind so strong we had to hold onto lamp posts, we were on the road along the river right next to the back/middle portion of Notre Dame... up ahead we saw there was a taxi stand with 6 taxis. We were elated until we got closer and saw they were all empty. Just then, a man came out of a restaurant right next to the taxis and I asked him why all the empty taxis were parked in the taxi stand. He said “Oh, because they’re all in the restaurant having lunch!” I asked him how long he thought they’d be and he said “Oh, at least another hour!”
We walked, drenching wet, back to our hotel.
I adore France, but their work culture is very different from ours. Maybe they have it right... : )