France: Europe isn’t US ‘vassal,’ should trade with Iran

France’s economy minister says European countries should push back harder against the Trump administration over the Iran nuclear deal and not act as “vassals” to the US.

Bruno Le Maire says on Europe-1 radio that Europe should not accept that the US is the “world’s economic policeman.” He wants European companies to be able to continue trade with Iran despite US President Donald Trump’s decision to re-impose sanctions.

Le Maire proposes creating a European body that would have the same kind of powers that the US Justice Department has to punish foreign companies for their trade practices.

Trump said the 2015 nuclear deal that allowed for the lifting of sanctions wasn’t tough enough on Iran. European countries say Trump’s decision will raise the risk of conflict in the region.

French Economy Minister Bruno Le Maire leaves the Elysee Presidential palace in Paris, on May 9, 2018, after the weekly cabinet meeting. (AFP Photo/Christophe Archambault)

— AP

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