May 30, 2018 / 12:55 PM / a year ago

Europe will respond if attacked by U.S. with tariffs, says French finance minister

FILE PHOTO: French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire leaves after the weekly cabinet meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, May 23, 2018. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

PARIS (Reuters) - French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said on Wednesday that Europe will defend its own interests if the United States imposed tariffs on European aluminum and steel producers after an 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 an OECD meeting in Paris.

Reporting by Michel Rose and Phil Blenkinsop; Editing by Sudip Kar-Gupta

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