French Support in U.S.-EU Trade Deal Crucial
France threatened Monday to delay trade talks between the U.S. and European Union. Negotiations for a transatlantic free trade agreement are expected to start in June - but the negotiating mandate proposed by the European Commission earlier in March must be approved by EU governments before talks can start. Trade Minister Nicole Bricq says France wants to exclude genetically modified products in food and hormones in meat from the deal. Even though the European Commission and U.S. hope for a free trade agreement by the end of 2014 - Bricq says talks could be long and last several years.
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