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EU-US trade talks have lost support in France: official

European Commission's President Jean-Claude Juncker delivers a speech as he makes his State of the Union address to the European Parliament in Strasbourg, eastern France, on September 14, 2016An ambitious EU-US free-trade agreement no longer enjoys political support in France, the country’s junior trade minister said Wednesday, while conceding that Paris could not block the talks. “The (European) Commission has the perfect right… to negotiate as long as it wants” on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), Matthias Fekl told the French parliament’s European affairs committee. The European Commission’s mandate to negotiate the controversial treaty “no longer has France’s political backing”.

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