Oh Noes – France Warns U.S. Reciprocal Tariffs Will Lead To “Durably Damaged Relations”…

Any headline that uses the phrase “France Warns” immediately requires a background review to understand the big picture driving French fears.

Just like Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau thinking he could outwit President Trump’s policies on NAFTA trade (he failed), Trudeau’s bestie, French President Emmanuel Macron, has stupidly exhibited similar shortsightedness.  In the case of both leaders their weasel moves have put their nations’ into a precarious economic position.

To consider the future for France, it would be wise to remember last year when President Trump arrived to attend the G-7 in Biarritz, France, President Macron was waiting at the Hotel du Palais to ambush Trump for an unscheduled luncheon (pictured below):

This was just one example in a series of scripted weasel-moves played by Macron in an attempt to pontificate his importance for the international audience.  Another example from the same event was Macron inviting the Iranian foreign Minister to the G7 for sideline meetings unrelated to the topics being discussed in Biarritz.

In an effort to create leverage against the U.S. position, President Macron never discussed his Iranian invitation -in advance- with the U.S. delegation.  It did not go over well.

The EU, and specifically France, have a dependence on foreign energy sources as a result of their ridiculous climate policies and narrow thinking.  In essence the EU wants to do business and receive oil from Iran; however, U.S. sanctions against Iran forbid those business deals.  Ergo Macron attempted to inject influence and position his interests.

As stated, the ambush approach did not go well, but POTUS played it cool.

There have been several other efforts by Macron to undermine U.S. policy out of self-interest.  In each attempt President Trump has noted the issue but never actually directly responded to the moves.  President Trump continues to speak warmly about Macron but is obviously clear-eyed on the small-man lack of character aspect.

Inside this game of snark and weasel-moves President Trump has refrained from disparaging the weasel yet continually reminded Macron, and other EU leaders, about their continued lack of honoring their obligations: (1) not funding 2% GDP for NATO defense; (2) not taking back ISIS fighters; (3) becoming more energy dependent on Russia for natural gas [Nordstream 2]; (4) one-way tariffs; and (5) not having a trade perspective toward the U.S. based on reciprocity.

As a result of the EU’s intransigent selfishness; in combination with an ongoing attitude of pontificating elitism; President Trump has no disposition to grant any favorable terms on anything.   This is the background for United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer calculating a $2.4 billion pending tariff against French products as a result of France’s desperation for income and deciding to tax U.S. digital services:

PARIS (Reuters) – French Economy Minister Bruno Le Maire warned the United States on Monday that any retaliation to France’s new digital services tax could “deeply and durably” damage relations.

Washington has threatened to impose duties of up to 100% on imports of champagne, handbags and other French products worth $2.4 billion (1.8 billion pounds) after a U.S. government investigation found the French tax would harm U.S. technology companies.

“If the Americans decide to go ahead and impose sanctions against the digital tax … in this case we would retaliate,” Le Maire told France Inter radio.

“If there were to be sanctions, and it is a possibility that we will take sanctions, we would immediately contact the WTO (World Trade Organisation)”, he added.

Le Maire said he had sent a letter on the issue to U.S. trade negotiator Robert Lightizer and was also going to discuss it with U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin by phone.

“If the U.S were to decide to impose trade sanctions against the EU over the French Digital Services Tax, it would deeply and durably affect the transatlantic relationship at a time when we need to stand united”, the minister wrote in the letter seen by Reuters.

Le Maire also said in the letter that France was “in touch with the European Commission and other EU Member States on the subject” and that they were “contemplating the various options to defend our trade rights in a proportionate and determined manner, as we have in the past,” .  (read more)

With the USMCA completed, and with most of the key Asian trade deals finished – sans the watching to see approach with China phase one, the next logical move for President Trump to address the trade imbalance will be to turn attention toward Europe.

The EU is still benefiting from the same trade deals constructed during the Marshal plan. President Trump will use tariffs to fundamentally change this relationship.  The WTO already handed the U.S. legal authority against the EU for a $2.5 billion tariff as a result of the Boeing case.  Combine that with Lighthizer’s calculated $2.4 billion against France and you can easily see how severe these economic weapons will be.

With Britain leaving the EU; and with Germany, France and Italy already suffering from a lack of investment and shrinking sales of industrial products – the EU economy is a sitting duck for President Trump to target.  There is no-way France can lead the charge for a tariff battle against the United States….

As a result watch for them to make geopolitical moves and attempt to threaten Trump over their relationship with Iran in an effort to find leverage.  Predictably U.S. media will attempt to position the EU as victims of President Trump just like they did with China in 2018.

However, unlike China, the EU is precariously positioned as a feather vulnerable to the economic hurricane President Trump can unleash.   This should be fun.

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215 Responses to Oh Noes – France Warns U.S. Reciprocal Tariffs Will Lead To “Durably Damaged Relations”…

  1. 4EDouglas says:

    ” I’d rather have German Division in front of me than a French one behind…”
    Gen. George S. Patton..

    Liked by 9 people

    • oldersoul says:

      For Sale: French Army rifle. Never fired, dropped once.

      Liked by 13 people

    • Obama taught Macron everything he knows about LEADING from BEHIND
      … or BACK-STABBING as we know it.

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      • The Defiant One says:

        I think that’s not a benefit as all that the Obola ever really knew about was FAILING UPWARD while being told he was divinity even at back-stabbing!

        Every instance of Back-Stabbing by the French “Jupiter” in the past has failed always resulting in him weaselling around Pres. Trump trying to curry favor. I foresee an interesting and amusing comeuppance being planned by Pres. Trump, something that I’m sure will make the French “Jupiter” grovel like a dog and claim it as a win to the French people!

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  2. GrandpaM says:

    My grandfather fought the French in WWI. Grandpa and his regiment had to cross a river. The order was given to take all clothes off, put the rifles and clothes on the soldiers head and wade in. After the crossing an order came, “Bayonets on and attack”. The French fled in horror at the onslaught of the naked army. Today they would have likely enjoyed it.

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  3. Dax Jaket says:

    Fuuck the French.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. auscitizenmom says:

    “France Warns” always makes me laugh.

    Liked by 10 people

  5. Eomer's Blade says:

    As if there’s anything remotely impressive about France that would profit us in a relationship.

    The Muslims will control the country before long so Macron little tantrum is meaningless.

    Liked by 3 people

  6. Ironclaw says:

    The president should recall our ENTIRE navy and park it in port for a couple of months. Let them see what happens when they don’t get free protection paid for by the U.S. taxpayer.

    Liked by 7 people

  7. X XYZ says:

    Trump looks GREAT in a Yellow Vest.

    Maybe next time he visits with Macaroon Trump should wear a Yellow Vest under his suit jacket. Just as a reminder to Macaroon of his past experience with that.

    And if Macaroon asks why, Trump might say “I heard that wearing one is required in France during breakdowns. Be cautious.”

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  8. French Economy Minister Bruno Le Maire warned the United States on Monday that any retaliation to France’s new digital services tax could “deeply and durably” damage relations.

    USTR Lighthizer: Tariffs activate.

    President Trump: Silence.

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  9. Message to Le Maire:

    The WTO no longer has a quorum to hear cases. 😆

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  10. X XYZ says:

    Heaven:
    The police are British
    The cooks are French
    The engineers are German
    The administrators are Swiss
    The lovers are Italian

    Europe today, in the EU:
    Hell:
    The police are German
    The cooks are British
    The engineers are Italian
    The administrators are French
    The lovers are Swiss

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  11. Le Maire also said in the letter that France was “in touch with the European Commission and other EU Member States on the subject”

    … and what did Mommy say to do?

    … once she realized she’s got no Trade-Deal Marriage Certificate with Daddy?

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  12. Genie says:

    All the more reason to drink Prosecco instead of Champagne.

    Liked by 1 person

  13. Reloader says:

    So are we all schooled enough in foreigners manipulating their currencies, dumping their products for below-cost-to-manufacture, one-sided tariffs, non-tariff barriers to trade and anti-American propaganda to finally realize the truth? That they improved their roads, and airports, and schools and factories, improved their BMWs, Audis, Toyotas, Hondas, and Subarus … at the expense of Americans? That American companies fell behind because of these advantages, primarily General Motors, to the point of desperation in quality just to stay in business?

    And that the love that so many Americans have for their foreign cars came at great expense? And in the end, that the hated communist-homosexual-drug-using-muslim who last held office convinced so many that GM was to blame when he tried to nationalize the company? When he did his best to ruin it? When he forced the company to accept a bail out? After so many hated our American products, allowed the feral gov’t to tax and regulate, and the unions to steal so much?

    In short: BMWs and Toyotas assembled in the U.S. are NOT American made. And these products are NOT a part of Making America Great Again.

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    • So GMs and Fords assembled in China are NOT Chinese made? 🤔

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    • MNBV says:

      US 4x4s are a joke in Australia. They sell a few because they’re cheap or not going to be used as serious 4x4s. The relentless nature of Australian bush 4wding soon sorts the breakable sheep from the goats.
      Jeep and the big brand US pick ups are rubbish quality compared to more expensive Toyota Landcruiser / Hi Lux / Isuzu etc.
      Maybe there’s a market in the 3rd world for US 4x4s?

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      • Alligator Gar says:

        The comment was directed at the USA, not Australia. Sorry, mate.

        BTW, whatever happened to the Holden….asking for a friend.

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      • Vicus says:

        “Jeep and the big brand US pick ups are rubbish quality compared to more expensive Toyota Landcruiser / Hi Lux / Isuzu etc”

        BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

        Early drinking?

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  14. Thomas Holsinger says:

    Is that a promise?

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  15. FTA: With Britain leaving the EU; and with Germany, France and Italy already suffering from a lack of investment and shrinking sales of industrial products – the EU economy is a sitting duck for President Trump to target. There is no-way France can lead the charge for a tariff battle against the United States….

    … and that’s BEFORE POTUS invites EU Manufacturers to Produce-in-USA,
    • Granting special exceptions for MERIT-BASED IMMIGRATION of their Skilled Workers
    • Provided that every Immigrated Skilled Worker TRAINS an AMERICAN!

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  16. alliwantissometruth says:

    Why do all the French soldiers have sunburned underarms?

    From raising their arms in surrender

    Liked by 1 person

  17. redhotsnowman says:

    freakin. beta male trying to run a country.
    almost as pathetic as sparkly sox.
    i can literally hear him crying himself to sleep in the fetal position while his mom…i mean wife…strokes his hair and consoles him.

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  18. Andy says:

    In Doug Wead’s book, Trump says that Macron, in a word, is “duplicitous”.

    Liked by 1 person

  19. WES says:

    All:. To better understand why France fell so quickly in WW2 one needs to study the political situation in France between WW1 and WW2. Individual French soldiers did not lack for bravery.

    Their socialist/communist political leaders made sure French armed forces were kept very weak using many of the same tricks Obama used on US armed forces.

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  20. MNBV says:

    An excellent reciprocal trade deal with an exited Britain might well be a superb attractor fly for other EU States. The EU must make Britain’s future as messy as possible, to act as an example to other waverers. Their nightmare is a thriving Britain with at least 4 more to follow.
    PDJT should destroy the EU, which was only supposed to be a customs union,……as a service to the peoples of Europe excluding Germany and France. Because he can.

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  21. jarmssite says:

    Ooohhhh! France is going to contact the WTO! Not the WTO!!! Oh, they don’t have any judges to hear cases anymore? Never mind.

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  22. 335blues says:

    At the risk of stating the obvious, Macron is a moron. Typical marxist.

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  23. John Lott says:

    Somewhat unrelated, but the French flew the ‘oriflamme’ before the battle of Agincourt. History buffs know how that worked out.

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  24. A. Human says:

    If you want an idea of what France would be like after the Muslims take over, read Submission by Michel Houllebecq. It is written very matter-of-factly and at the end, it seems the French do what the French always seem to do i.e. just give up.

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  25. shipley130 says:

    The French have always been weasels.

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  26. Curt says:

    France warns………….. what a worthless bunch of A-wholes, especially the punk Macron. General Patton hit the nail on the head in 1945 when he stated, “I’d rather have three divisions of Germans in front of me, than one French division behind me”. Not a lot has changed since he said that. The French are generally unreliable back stabbing SOBs anyway.

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  27. Esperanza says:

    Just a point of order Sundance, I’m not sure France is dependant on Russia (Germany is)

    86 percent of our electricity is nuclear. A certain amount is hydro. A lot of the South of England gets its electricity from us.

    42 percent of our gas comes from Norway. 9 from Algeria

    1 percent of our oil comes from France lol (I had no idea) Apparently we have a month and a half self suffiency with that. We have a 65 000 person oil industry. Lol

    25 Middle East, yes Kazakhstan and Russia about 15 each. 9 percent North Sea.

    We have of course lots of coal. North Western Europe is basically a raft of coal. Personally I think we should up the coal. I think winding down the UK and French coal industries in the 80s was a massive mistake.

    Actually, I’m surprised, I think the mix is pretty good. We are always going to have problems with oil, we can’t be self sufficient like the US.

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