'France will be "pugnacious" over new US tariff threat'

On Monday, the U.S. government said it may slap punitive duties of up to 100% on $2.4 billion of imports from France

Agnes Pannier-Runacher (AFP photo)

On Monday, the U.S. government said it may slap punitive duties of up to 100% on $2.4 billion of imports from France of champagne, handbags, cheese and other products, after concluding that France's new digital services tax would harm U.S. tech companies.

"It is very clear that we do not need to go back on this, with regards to a topic that economically speaking makes sense," Pannier-Runacher told Sud Radio, referring to the digital tax.

"We need to be pugnacious on the subject," she added. 

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