22 July 1998
France fires Mercosur free trade shot
FRANCE is forcing a policy debate on the merits of free trade as a challenge to the European Commissions (EC) proposals for an agreement with Mercosur, the South American economic group of countries.
It is meant as a warning shot for the EC meeting today at which Manuel Marin, Spains commissioner, hopes to get backing for the plan.
- EC expected to recommend Mercosur talks, FWi, yesterday (21 July)
- The Guardian 22/07/98 page 23