May 30, 2018 / 12:41 PM / 9 months ago

EU will defend trade interests if attacked - French finance minister

FILE PHOTO: French Minister for the Economy and Finance Bruno Le Maire arrives for the Informal meeting of economic and financial affairs ministers (ECOFIN) in Sofia, Bulgaria, April 27, 2018. REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov/File Photo

PARIS (Reuters) - French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said on Wednesday that Europe will defend its own interests if the United States imposes tariffs on European aluminium and steel producers after an EU exemption expires on Friday.

“We French and Europeans don’t want a trade war. But if we’re attacked, we will have to defend our interests,” Le Maire told a panel at the OECD.

Reporting by Michel Rose; editing by Philip Blenkinsop

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