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France, EU to Prepare "Appropriate Response" to US Metal Tariffs

© AFP 2021 / CLEMENS BILANPicture shows French flags and the European flag hauled up, 13 July 2007 on the Foreign affairs minister building in Paris
Picture shows French flags and the European flag hauled up, 13 July 2007 on the Foreign affairs minister building in Paris - Sputnik International
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MOSCOW (Sputnik) - France regrets the new US policy on metal tariffs and will discuss an appropriate response with its EU partners, French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said Thursday.

He commented on US President Donald Trump’s decision to sign a proclamation imposing 25 percent tariffs on steel imports and 10 percent duties on aluminium imports.

"France regrets announcements of Donald Trump on steel and aluminium tariffs. There are only losers in a trade war. With our EU partners, we will assess consequences on our industries and agree appropriate response," Le Maire tweeted.

EU trade policy chief Cecilia Malmstrom called on the United States to exempt the bloc from tariffs or face duties on multiple US imports, such as peanut butter.

President Donald Trump speaks during the Public Safety Medal of Valor awards ceremony in the East Room of the White House, Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018, in Washington. - Sputnik International
Trump Clamps Down on Steel, Aluminum Imports With New Tariffs
Meanwhile, British international trade secretary Liam Fox criticized the United States for taking a wrong approach toward steel surplus on the global market.

"Our view is, yes, we can deal multilaterally with the overproduction of steel but this is the wrong way to go about it. Protectionism, tariffs never really work," Liam Fox said on a BBC show.

The tariffs go into effect in 15 days and will initially exclude Canada and Mexico.

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