August 24, 2019 / 11:41 AM / 3 months ago

Macron to fight to de-escalate trade tensions, encourage stimulus

French President Emmanuel Macron (C), flanked by President of the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region Alain Rousset (L), samples local produce and wine, as he tours the exhibition hall above the international press center on the opening day of the G7 summit, in Anglet, France August 24, 2019. Ian Langsdon/Pool via REUTERS

PARIS (Reuters) - French President Emmanuel Macron said on Saturday he hoped to convince G7 leaders to pull back from a trade war which is already destabilising economic growth around the world.

“(I want) to convince all our partners that tensions, and trade tensions in particular are bad for everybody,” Macron told the French in a televised address.

“We must succeed in reaching a de-escalation, stabilise things and avoid this trade war which is already taking place everywhere,” he added.

Macron said G7 countries should also engage in economic stimulus to prevent world economies from falling into recession.

“We must find new ways to launch real stimulus, stimulate growth,” Macron said, pointing at rock-bottom interest rates which he said should spur countries with budgetary room for manoeuvre to invest in education and job-creating initiatives.

Reporting by Michel Rose; Editing by Leigh Thomas

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