14 November 2001
French threat to world trade talks

By FWi staff

FRANCE has threatened to walk out of World Trade Organisation talks unless the EU wins a deal on agricultural subsidies.

French delegates are resisting calls from the rest of the world for the EU to phase out its farm subsidy system, reports The Guardian.

“Its a sort of deal-breaker point,” said French trade minister Francois Huwart.

The USA, the Cairns Group and poor countries have left the EU isolated with demands for an end to subsidies.

A WTO spokesman told the newspaper that the talks in Doha, Qatar, could end without agreement.