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France says Europe united against U.S. tariffs as Germany eyes negotiation
Reuters ^ | July 8, 2018 6:41 AM | Leigh Thomas, Pascale Denis

Posted on 07/08/2018 5:42:59 PM PDT by Olog-hai

The French government insisted on Sunday that Washington should expect united retaliation from Europe to further tariff increases after Germany signaled it was prepared to negotiate.

With Germany’s powerful car industry facing the threat of higher U.S. duties, Chancellor Angela Merkel said last Thursday she would back a lowering of European Union levies on imports of U.S. cars.

“If tomorrow there is an increase in tariffs, like in the car industry, our reaction should be united and strong to show that Europe is a united and sovereign power,” French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said.

“The question is no longer whether or not there will be a trade war; the war has already started,” he added, speaking at an economic conference in Aix-en-Provence, southern France. […]

“Let it be known that if we are attacked, we will react collectively and we will react firmly,” Le Maire said. …

(Excerpt) Read more at reuters.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Foreign Affairs; Germany; Government
KEYWORDS: europe; europeanunion; eussr; france; lemaire; merkel; singlemarket; socialmarketeconomy; tariffs; trade
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Well, at least le Maire is not lying. But he is definitely taking no blame and his bellicosity is way outsized.
1 posted on 07/08/2018 5:42:59 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai
" Europe is a united and sovereign power".

They're just having a little trouble getting everyone to agree.
2 posted on 07/08/2018 5:48:19 PM PDT by Telepathic Intruder
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President Trump can pit German against France with two small actions. First, move our troops to Poland since Germany isn’t paying its NATO dues. Second, it can raise tariffs on cars. France doesn’t care about either, but Germany will care a lot.


3 posted on 07/08/2018 5:50:15 PM PDT by Vince Ferrer
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To: Olog-hai

Time to leave NATO and close our bases in Europe. Maybe if they had to pay for something once in awhile they wouldn’t be so damned arrogant.


4 posted on 07/08/2018 5:51:00 PM PDT by The Deplorable Miss Lemon (If illegals are here to do the jobs Americans won't do why are so many illegals on welfare?)
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To: Olog-hai

The US must buy the Junk of the World or else ,LOL


5 posted on 07/08/2018 5:52:52 PM PDT by butlerweave
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To: Olog-hai

“If tomorrow there is an increase in tariffs, like in the car industry, our reaction should be united and strong to show that Europe is a united and sovereign power,” said the pipsqueak cheese-eating surrender monkey ...


6 posted on 07/08/2018 5:58:18 PM PDT by catnipman ((Cat Nipman: Vote Republican in 2012 and only be called racist one more time!))
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So it’s okay if Europe puts tariff’s on our stuff but when we do the same they get their knickers in a twist over it. I notice French cars are no longer sold in the US - quality or the lack thereof no doubt.


7 posted on 07/08/2018 6:01:51 PM PDT by SkyDancer ( ~ Just Consider Me A Random Fact Generator ~ Eat Sleep Fly Repeat ~)
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I notice French cars are no longer sold in the US - quality or the lack thereof no doubt.

I rented a Renault in France years ago. It was a piece of junk right down there with a Yugo.

8 posted on 07/08/2018 6:06:17 PM PDT by libertylover (I'm not arguing with you; I'm just explaining why I'm right and you're wrong.)
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To: libertylover

There us an old joke about French cars...

At birth, everyone is assigned a certain amount of bad luck. Those that want to use it up quickly buy French cars.


9 posted on 07/08/2018 6:13:48 PM PDT by Dutch Boy
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Because that’s all they have! We rented Renault and Puegeuot or whatever, wasn’t any better. The next time I was there I just rented a Mercedes. I was talking to Canadians at the counter line and they also had horrible experiences with Renault crap cars.


10 posted on 07/08/2018 6:26:42 PM PDT by max americana (Fired libtard employees 9 consecutive times at every election since 08'. I hope all liberals die.)
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To: SkyDancer

In the USA: last year of Citroën was 1974, last year of Renault was 1987, and last year of Peugeot was 1992.


11 posted on 07/08/2018 6:33:36 PM PDT by Olog-hai ("No Republican, no matter how liberal, is going to woo a Democratic vote." -- Ronald Reagan, 1960)
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To: libertylover

I rented a Renault Mégane in Ireland back in the early 2000s. The design was so bizarre with respect to the placing of the steering column, that as I pushed down on the brake and clutch pedals, I could actually feel the steering column rub against my shoes as I turned the wheel.


12 posted on 07/08/2018 6:36:41 PM PDT by Olog-hai ("No Republican, no matter how liberal, is going to woo a Democratic vote." -- Ronald Reagan, 1960)
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To: The Deplorable Miss Lemon

That’s exactly what they want. It’s alwa