France Calls For Delay In US-EU Trade Talks Over NSA Spying | Talking Points Memo

PARIS (AP) — The French government said Wednesday it wants the start of major trade negotiations between the United States and the European Union suspended for two weeks amid anger over alleged U.S. eavesdropping on its European allies.The country, whose Socialist government has never seemed hugely enthusiastic about the free trade deal, will try to get other EU members to agree to the request — but its chances looked slim. The EU Commission, which negotiates for the 28 member states, and Germany showed no signs of agreeing to a delay to the start of talks planned for the beginning of next week, which come after months of protracted and painful efforts to come up with a common European stance.

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