France against EU-US trade talks unless Trump supports climate deal

French president Emmanuel Macron

French President Emmanuel Macron has one big issue regarding trade talks with the United States — the White House does not support the latest climate deal.

Earlier this week, the European Union agreed to start trade talks with the United States on industrial goods. France, however, has objected to the decision while Belgium abstained. In Paris, the concern is that there cannot be any agreement over trade while the U.S. refuses to commit to key environmental targets.

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France is opposed to the initiation of any trade negotiations with countries outside the Paris climate agreement,It is a question of values. Europe must be exemplary and firm in its defense of the climate,

a French official said Monday, explaining why the second largest euro country said no to trade negotiations with Washington.

Analysts at Teneo Intelligence said Wednesday that with just a few weeks away from European parliament elections, Macron needs to convince the electorate to vote in his party.

Macron relies heavily on new, urban, pro-EU middle-class voters…These voters also care for the environment while strongly opposing U.S. President Donald Trump on ideational (sic) grounds,

the analysts said in a note.

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