EU cannot negotiate free trade deal with US: France

France says the European Union cannot consider negotiating a free trade deal with the United States without first withdrawing its tariffs on steel and aluminium.

Talking to a news agency, French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said the current US trade policy of imposing unilateral tariffs is based on law of jungle.

He said it will weaken growth, threaten the most fragile countries and have disastrous political consequences.

Meanwhile, US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has defended the tariffs and urged the EU and China to open their markets to allow free competition.

Source: Radio Pakistan