France: No Trade Talks With Spying US
Calls on EU to suspend free-trade zone talks until US offers more details on surveillance
By Ruth Brown, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 3, 2013 8:13 AM CDT
French Foreign Trade Minister Nicole Bricq talks with European Commissioner for Trade Karel De Gucht.   (AP Photo/Yves Logghe)

(Newser) – France is apparently still pretty pissed about all this NSA-spying-on-EU business, and is pushing to suspend trade talks between the EU and US until the White House offers up more details on its surveillance activities. "We don't want to abandon negotiations on the free trade agreement with the US, but it seems wise to suspend them temporarily, for 15 days, as we wait for the information we have demanded," says a French government spokesperson, per the Wall Street Journal. "This week we're going to consult our European partners on this subject."

Discussions over a trans-Atlantic free-trade zone are scheduled to begin next week, and so far, the EU says they will still go ahead. Though Germany has apparently borne the brunt of NSA spying, it remains committed to the talks, though says it will find a way to bring up its privacy concerns during the negotiations. The EU's trade negotiator, the European Commission, says it also has "strong concerns" over the allegations of spying, but doesn't believe they should affect the talks.

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19_56_19_55
Jul 10, 2013 10:47 AM CDT
Sanctimonious Bull crap every country as said does it. Who gives a shit about France they have proven in the past they are not as friendly as the White House would want us to believe. They would give Snowden a home and pay for it. France thinks they have more power than they do in reality. They can stop trade with us do they think a company here wouldn't do the jobs we would make out. People have this GREAT misconception that when you go to forging countries that are our friends. Go into any of there stores and see what countries their big item crap comes from you won't see much if any America. Look at the car industry. Just cause you have big time money and can own any car on the market and you don't by American or Japanese made in America than you shouldn't even vote every time you go to a store and see something you want look where its made if it's not made here than ask if they have any that are made in America you will be surprised to see and every time you by American you help save a persons jobs and you help our economy. Our country cannot pay off China while the Obama administration let's China flood our markets. China is the most single threat to our economy they think were all stupid we need to show more national pride big business has to help small business like we used to do than we can get our jobs that were stolen from us and given to China back in America where workmanship is number ONE. IF YOU LOVE AMERICA BUY AMERICAN PRODUCTS. You never know you might be saving your own job.
RobertHoward
Jul 5, 2013 11:31 AM CDT
This has been the norm forever. Why is everyone acting like it's new? Besides many of these countries would buckle and collapse without U.S. trade Don't fall for the B.S. people.
Libris_Fidelis
Jul 3, 2013 11:23 AM CDT
However France will force the Bolivian jet plane carrying its President to fly around its country so it cannot refuel in France because they suspect the one person who released the information about the NSA spying on European private government business is on board the plane... so they can capture and turn Edward Snowden over to the same country that France is pissed about? Something stinks in France!