The White House on Saturday announced a 25 percent tariff on $1.3 billion worth of French merchandise, including cosmetics and handbags, after a digital service tax was levied against U.S. tech giants.
The Trump administration reportedly saw the tax as an unfair assault on American companies like Facebook, Google and Amazon.
“Retaliatory tariffs aren’t ideal but the French government’s refusal to back down from its unilateral imposition of unfair and punitive taxes on U.S. companies leaves our government with no choice,” the statement read.
The White House opened an investigation into the tax last year, before it was signed into law, to determine whether or not it “unfairly targets American companies.”
The Office of the United States Trade Representative found the tax to be “unreasonable or discriminatory” and said it “burdens or restricts U.S. commerce.” more here