France rejects WTO deal in current form: government

PARIS - France will not sign proposals for a trade pact as they stand in World Trade Organization talks in Geneva because they show no progress on ‘essential’ matters, the government said here on Monday.

By (AFP)

Published: Mon 28 Jul 2008, 7:04 PM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 1:00 PM

‘Today, the cabinet considers that the project currently on the table is not acceptable as it stands, to the extent that it shows no advance on elements which are altogether essential in our eyes,’ government spokesman Luc Chatel said after a cabinet meeting.

He mentioned ‘the protection of indications of geographical origin’, in a reference to such issues as the labelling of wine, and ‘the defence of our European industrial interests in the face of emerging countries’.

The cabinet underlined that ‘France was attached more than ever to the promotion of the poorest countries’.

But it ‘stressed that if Europe wanted to be a driving force in this regard, it had also to ensure the protection of European interests with great vigilance and without being naive, notably regarding emerging countries.’

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