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

French Economy Minister Bruno Le Maire leaves the Elysee Presidential palace in Paris, on May 9, 2018, after the weekly cabinet meeting. (AFP)
Updated 11 May 2018
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France: Europe isn’t US ‘vassal,’ should trade with Iran

  • He wants European companies to be able to continue trade with Iran despite US President Donald Trump’s decision to re-impose sanctions
  • Trump said the 2015 nuclear deal that allowed for the lifting of sanctions wasn’t tough enough on Iran

PARIS: France’s finance 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 said Friday 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 proposed 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.


Police in Barcelona shoot knife attacker

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Police in Barcelona shoot knife attacker

MADRID: Police in Barcelona say they have shot a man who attacked officers with a knife at a police station in the Spanish city.
The police say in a tweet Monday the attack occurred just before 6 a.m. (0400 GMT) in the Cornella district of the city.
Police say the man “intended to attack police officers” but gave no further details about the incident and did not say what condition the alleged attacker is in.