US and France in stand­off over wine, tech tar­iffs

The Fresno Bee (Sunday) - - News -

France is push­ing ahead with a tax on tech com­pa­nies such as Google and Face­book de­spite U.S. Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s threats of re­tal­ia­tory tar­iffs on wine.

That’s rat­tling French vint­ners, who sold 1.6 bil­lion eu­ros ($1.78 bil­lion) worth of wine last year to U.S. con­sumers. But nei­ther Trump nor French Pres­i­dent Em­manuel Macron ap­pears ready to back down.

Af­ter Trump slammed the tax Fri­day, French Fi­nance Min­is­ter Bruno Le Maire said France will im­ple­ment it any­way. The 3% tax mainly con­cerns com­pa­nies that use con­sumer data to sell on­line ad­ver­tis­ing.

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