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French Finance Minister warns Washington against metal tariffs

Reuters , Thursday 31 May 2018
Bruno Le Maire, Wilbur Ross
French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire (L)and US Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross arrive to attend a meeting at the Bercy Finance Ministry in Paris, France on May 31, 2018 (Photo: Reuters)
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US tariffs on European metals would be unjustified and dangerous for growth and free trade, French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire told US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross on Thursday, hours ahead of Washington's decision on the matter.

"It's entirely up to US authorities whether they want to enter into a trade conflict with their biggest partner, Europe," Le Maire told reporters after meeting Ross in Paris.

Le Maire repeated that the EU would take "all necessary measures" to respond if the United States decided to impose tariffs.

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