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Not Enough Cuts In U.S. Farm Bill, France Charges

Law360 (February 12, 2007, 12:00 AM EST) -- France joined in with European Union officials on Monday in expressing disappointment with the United States’ new farm bill proposal, saying it had hoped for more ambitious cuts in domestic subsidies that it alleges distort the global market.

The 2007 bill, expected to cut farm payments by $18 billion over the next five years, is “not a good signal,” Christine Lagarde, the French Trade Minister, told reporters in Brussels.

Her comments came a week and a half after the European Commission said it would need to...
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