Financial Times quotes Global Business and Economics Program Associate Director Garrett Workman on what consequences a United States fine on France’s biggest bank might have on the transatlantic trade and partnership talks: 

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France is among those pressing for financial services to be included in the trade talks, which would amount to biggest regional trade agreement ever struck. Officials in Brussels and Washington sought to play down the threat to the talks, though analysts said Mr Fabius’s comments were significant.

“His opinions matter. … We need the French to be on board for this to happen,” said Garrett Workman, who tracks the EU-US talks for the Washington-based Atlantic Council.

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