France refuses trade talks with US under pressure

France refuses trade talks with US under pressure
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France will refuse to enter into trade talks with the United States while punishing steel and aluminium tariffs are in effect, French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said Thursday.

"We refuse to negotiate under pressure," Le Maire told reporters while en route to a Group of Seven meeting in Canada. And "being hit by the tariffs will not help us to open the door to any kind of negotiation."

The US announced the steep metals tariffs on the European Union, Canada and Mexico as of midnight. APP/AFP
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