French finance minister: Trump poses grave risk to world trade

By REUTERS
January 31, 2017 10:38

PARIS - US President Donald Trump's administration poses a grave risk to international trade and Europe will have to stand up to him to prevent the collapse of global economic institutions, French Finance Minister Michel Sapin said on Tuesday.

"Our American partner appears to want to take unilaterally protectionist decisions which could destabilize the whole world economy," Sapin said in a speech to an audience of international economists gathered at the French finance ministry.

"Decisions by the new US administration are posing a grave risk to the world trade order," he said. "Neither France nor Europe ... can watch helplessly as our economic institutions risk being dislocated," he added.


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