France and EU prepared to quarrel behind over US tariff threat: French ministers

FILE – In this Jan. 21, 2009, record photo, Bernard Roques, a refiner of Societe company, smells a Roquefort cheese as they mature in a attic in Roquefort, southwestern France. (AP Photo: Bob Edme, File)

France and a European Union are prepared to quarrel behind over a latest US tariff threats on French products, French supervision ministers pronounced on Tuesday.

On Monday, a US supervision pronounced it might slap punitive duties of adult to 100% on $2.4 billion of imports from France of champagne, handbags, cheese and other products, after final that France’s new digital services taxation would mistreat US tech companies.

French financial apportion Bruno Le Maire described a US proposals as “unacceptable”. “In box of new American sanctions, a European Union would be prepared to riposte,” Le Maire told Radio Classique.

French youth economy apportion Agnes Pannier-Runacher told Sud Radio that France would be “pugnacious” in a exchange with a US on a matter, and that France would not behind down on a digital taxation plans.

The US Trade Representative’s bureau had pronounced on Monday that a “Section 301” review found that a French taxation was “inconsistent with prevalent beliefs of general taxation policy”.

It pronounced it found a French taxation offer was “unusually fatiguing for influenced US companies,” including Alphabet Inc’s Google, Facebook Inc, Apple Inc and Amazon.com Inc.

France’s 3% levy relates to income from digital services warranted by firms with some-more than 25 million euros ($27.86 million) in French income and 750 million euros ($830 million) worldwide.