Total says Europe must fight U.S. oil export banStaff writer ▼ | October 31, 2014
The new head of Total, Patrick Pouyanne, challenged Europe to fight Washington over the U.S. oil export ban in his first public appearance.
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"We need to fight and put this topic on the table," Pouyanne said during a sometimes emotional appearance at London's annual Oil & Money conference, where his predecessor Christophe de Margerie was killed in a Moscow plane crash last week.
"I hope the European Commission raises this issue... the refiners in Europe and Asia are suffering from one rule. That is the U.S. cannot export oil."
Mr. Pouyanne said he agreed with Mr. de Margerie's stance on opposing sanctions against Russia. "My priority is to continue... as if he were still alive," he told reporters in French after the session. ■