France says EU should never face US steel tariffs
European Union – Temporary exemption from steel and aluminium tariffs – Joint press communiqué issued by Jean-Yves Le Drian and Bruno Le Maire
Paris, 1 May 2018
The French government takes note of the decision announced by the American authorities regarding the new temporary one-month exemption for the EU from tariffs on steel and aluminum. We support the positions expressed by the European Commission.
France will continue to make the case for the EU to benefit from a total, permanent and unconditional exemption. There is no reason for the EU to be subject to unilateral increases in tariffs on steel and aluminum. France and the EU are allies of the United States. They are not responsible for the global overcapacity in aluminum and steel and fully comply with all WTO rules.
The EU must remain united and demonstrate solidarity, as it has done over the last few weeks.
We agree that there is an overcapacity problem in the steel and aluminum sector. We are ready to work with the United States and our other partners to provide prompt and appropriate solutions. But we can only do so calmly if we are certain that we will be permanently exempted from the threat of unilateral increases in tariffs./.