BARI, Italy May 12 French finance minister
Michel Sapin said he and other ministers from leading economies
had told U.S. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin it was
"unthinkable" that globally agreed policies in areas such as
trade and financial regulation could be weakened.
Sapin told reporters on the sidelines of a meeting of top
finance officials from the Group of Seven economies on Friday
that policies could be adjusted as the world economy changed.
"But it is unthinkable, and it will not happen, that one can
destroy these collective achievements that give more stability
and more ability to grow and which at the end of the day are
truly in everyone's interests," he said.
The G7 finance ministers and central bank governors meeting
in Italy are hoping to get a better sense of the plans of U.S.
President Donald Trump who has threatened to upset the
international consensus of recent decades on issues such as
trade, foreign exchange and climate change.
(Writing by William Schomberg)