The French government has responded to the Trump administration’s new tariffs on the country.
According to The Hill:
The French government Thursday announced it will respond with “retaliatory measures” to the U.S.’s new tariffs on a number of the bloc’s exports.
“We’ve tried to lessen this commercial tension, but if they are not in the mood for conciliation, obviously Europe will fight back,” French government spokeswoman Sibeth Ndiaye told news broadcaster BFM TV, according to The Associated Press.
The statement comes in response to the Trump administration’s declaration Wednesday that it will impose 25 percent tariffs on certain European Union agricultural exports and 10 percent tariffs on European-brand aircraft starting on Oct. 18.
“For years, Europe has been providing massive subsidies to Airbus that have seriously injured the U.S. aerospace industry and our workers. Finally, after 15 years of litigation, the WTO has confirmed that the United States is entitled to impose countermeasures in response to the EU’s illegal subsidies,” U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said in a statement.
The Trump administration is using the tariffs to start negotiations with the European Union that will benefit American workers.