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Trump threatens French wine with higher import duties

Christian Fernsby ▼ | June 12, 2019
US President Donald Trump hinted that he wants higher tariffs on US imports of French wine, insisting that the current system was unfair.
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Trump said he would work to open the European market, again accusing France of creating unfair trade barriers to US wine exports.

"France charges us a lot for the wine and yet we charge them very little for French wine," Trump said on CNBC television.

US producers complain that French wines get to American shelves "for nothing," he said, adding "it's not fair and we'll do something about it."

Although Trump does not drink alcohol, he observed that French wines are said to be "very good" but declared "we have great wine, too."

Washington and Brussels are preparing to begin negotiations on a trade deal to resolve a battle Trump began last year by putting tariffs on steel and aluminum.

However, EU officials have said repeatedly they will not discuss agriculture.