French threat to world trade talks

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.

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