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US slaps extra tariffs on French goods - but Roquefort cheese is spared

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US slaps extra tariffs on French goods - but Roquefort cheese is spared
The delicious blue cheese is made in the Roquefort caves in south west France. Photo: AFP
13:10 CEST+02:00
The US government has released a list of french goods that will be subject to extra tariffs in its ongoing battle with the EU over aircraft subsidies.

Washington on announced it would put a 10 percent tariff on large civil aircraft imported from the four European partners of Airbus - Germany, France, Spain and the UK - after Wednesday's World Trade Organization (WTO) decision that ruled the company received undue subsidies.

The US trade representative's list includes more than 150 products, principally from those four nations but also across Europe, that will face a 25 percent tariff from October 18th.

President Donald Trump, tweeting early Thursday morning, called the WTO decision "a nice victory" and claimed the European Union has "for many years treated the USA very badly on Trade".

The Trump administration intends to hit French, Spanish and German wines - exempting Hungarian Tokay - as well as the UK's Irish and Scottish single-malt whiskies with the tariffs.

Cheeses from across Europe, including pecorino, stilton, cheddar, reggiano and all except France's strong blue cheese Roquefort  will be taxed under the new rules.

The document gives no explanation for Roquefort's exemption, but specifically lists "Blue-veined cheese (except roquefort)" as being subject to tariffs.

Olives, olive oil and mussels from Spain will also face the 25 percent tariff, as will Germany's coffee - both caffeinated and decaffeinated.

"Made in England" cashmere, woolen anoraks and bed linen from the UK will have the 25 percent surcharge added, while Germany's exports of industrial tools will be similarly affected.

 
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