PARIS (AP) — France’s trade chief says he wants to ask the
European Union to end talks with the U.S. on forging a sweeping
trade deal that his socialist government sees as too friendly to
Matthias Fekl, France’s secretary of state for foreign trade,
said Tuesday on RMC radio that “we need a clear, clean,
definitive stop” to the negotiations on a proposed Trans-Atlantic
Trade and Investment Partnership. He said talks could resume if
wider EU-US trade relations improved.
Accusing the American side of offering “just crumbs,” Fekl said
France would ask the European Commission to halt the talks at a
trade ministers meeting in Slovakia next month.
Germany’s economy minister said Sunday that negotiations have
effectively collapsed, but a U.S. trade official said they’re
making steady progress.