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.
- USA urges liberalisation of farm trade, FWi, 06 January, 2000
- WTO urged to cut farm subsidies, FWi, 16 March, 1999
- EU ready to talk subsidy cuts Lamy, FWi, 26 October, 1999
- The Guardian, 14 November, 2001, page 28