EU seeks to ease French fears over Hollywood in U.S. trade talks

By Philip Blenkinsop and Ethan Bilby – EU states sought to reassure France on Friday (June 14) that its culture would be shielded from the might of Hollywood and Silicon Valley, urging Paris not to block a free-trade deal with the United States that could boost transatlantic business.

Paris has refused to join the 26 other EU governments that want talks to start in July, unless television, movies and developing online media are left out of a deal.

“I would say the chances for an agreement are 50-50,” said Alexander Stubb, Finland’s minister for Europe and foreign trade. more>



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