France Trade Agreements

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The government therefore supports a balanced trade policy that ensures access for French companies to foreign markets, but preserves collective sensitivities and preferences. In order to ensure the conditions for fair competition and reciprocity in the opening of markets, France is also cooperating with the Council to strengthen its trade protection and protect its strategic sectors by increasing its anti-dumping duties and improving its supervision of foreign investments. The Trade Policy Oversight Committee, which the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs regularly convenes, intends to play a key role. It brings together members of civil society (NGOs, trade unions, trade organisations) and Members of Parliament and provides a unique forum for dialogue, where it is possible to discuss important current challenges and consult stakeholders before and during negotiations. This will allow their positions, proposals and interests to be taken into account as soon as possible. Since 2006, the European Union has introduced into its trade agreements a chapter on sustainable development that introduces cooperation between the parties on the protection of workers and the protection of the environment. These provisions oblige the partners to respect the main international agreements of the International Labour Organization (ILO) and environmental agreements. They also force partners to refrain from relaxing social and environmental rules to attract investors. France has also cooperated with the Council to strengthen its trade protection by modernizing instruments and revising anti-dumping methods.

As a result of these efforts, a regulation on the screening of foreign direct investment entered into force on 10 April 2019 and aims to increase European participation in procurement strategies in the approaches of public actors. 6. Japan is France`s 6th largest trading partner outside the EU. Most foreign trade is based on the exchange of goods. In the case of agricultural raw materials, France has become an increasingly important net exporter of raw agricultural products (such as cereals) as well as agro-industrial products such as food and beverages, including wines, canned fruit and vegetables and dairy products. However, the need to import large quantities of oil (and, to a lesser extent, gas and coal) has resulted in a considerable deficit for these exchanges. Although France imports many industrial goods, it has long been a major exporter of vehicles and means of transport, armaments and professional electronics. Recently, exports of drugs and parachemicals have increased. The trade agreement BETWEEN the EU and Japan will make it easier and cheaper for them to do so. France is also committed to making adherence to the Paris Agreement and compliance with its legal obligations the subject of an essential clause in future agreements. The objective of this very ambitious proposal is to be able to denounce the agreement in the event of denunciation of the Paris Agreement and to obtain an additional leverage effect to fight against climate change.

This objective was confirmed at the first meeting of the Ecological Defence Council on 23 May 2019. . . .