The IPKat nearly choked over his Cornflakes this morning when he read this piece in The Telegraph ("France targets Coca-Cola in escalating 'cheese wars'") about the latest tit-for-tat trade war stupidity. In short, makers of roquefort cheese are pressing the French government to place import duties on Coca-Cola syrup in retaliation for a punitive American duty of 300% levelled on US imports of Roquefort cheese. The American measures were a retaliatory response to the European Union's ban on imports of US hormone-treated beef. According to French parliamentarian Philippe Folliot, whose constituency contains many Roquefort producers:
"Since the United States has decided to surtax one of the most ancient (cheese) appellations, I think that the French government, with the European Union, must think about a heavy specific tax on imports of Coca-Cola concentrates produced in the US".He has called upon Barack Obama to remove the "shocking" Roquefort duty, which, he said "uselessly stigmatises an already fragile sector".