US, EU hash out data protections alongside trade

PARIS (AP) — France’s trade chief says the U.S.’s willingness to discuss alleged spying on allies is boosting confidence at trade talks between the U.S. and the European Union.

Nicole Bricq said on France-Info radio Tuesday that trust “will come back” at the trade talks, thanks to parallel talks at the Justice Department over “this so-called espionage.” She was referring to reports of U.S. National Security Agency surveillance of EU buildings and personal data.

However, Bricq insisted that France would stick to its “red lines” in the trade talks, including subsidies for French film and keeping hormone-treated beef off French shores.

She also said she would put in place tools allowing France to keep track of the trade negotiations.

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