France on the offensive against the Europe-Mercosur trade agreement

The government is relying on an expert report, delivered to Matignon on Friday, which denounces deforestation in the Amazon.

Aerial view of an area of ​​the deforested Amazon rainforest, near Porto Velho, in the Brazilian state of Rondonia.
Aerial view of an area of ​​the deforested Amazon rainforest, near Porto Velho, in the Brazilian state of Rondonia. CARLOS FABAL / AFP

Not yet buried but well sealed … The French government on Friday confirmed its opposition to the controversial free trade agreement between the European Union and Mercosur (Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay). Two months after its conclusion, in June 2019, Emmanuel Macron had vetoed the G7 in Biarritz. Faced with an Amazon on fire, the head of state sharply denounced the climate and environmental policy of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro.

“This political stance did not exempt us from substantive analysis”, indicates the government. This is done with the expert report presented to Prime Minister Jean Castex on Friday. An independent commission, bringing together multiple skills (legal, economic, agricultural, geopolitical, etc.), had been commissioned in the summer of 2019 by Édouard Philippe to assess the impact of the agreement in terms of sustainable development. This decision also responded to the concerns of public opinion, relayed by the

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