France says new report on deforestation confirms its EU-Mercosur trade deal concerns

FILE PHOTO: French Prime Minister Jean Castex speaks during the questions to the government session at the National Assembly in Paris, France, September 15, 2020. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

PARIS (Reuters) - The French government said on Friday that a new report on deforestation confirmed its opposition to the current version of the EU-Mercosur trade deal, the office of Prime Minister Jean Castex said on Friday.

France will work with other EU partners to set environmental conditions for a resumption of the trade talks, it added.

The European Union has been holding talks with the Mercosur group of Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay, the world’s fourth-largest trade bloc. One worry has been the impact of the future deal on forests and the climate.

Reporting by Michel Rose, Dominique Vidalon