EU-Mercosur free trade deal under fire, but how hot might it get?


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French Prime Minister Jean Castex has announced that France will not sign up to the current terms of a proposed free trade deal between the European Union (EU) and the South American Mercosur economic bloc because of environmental and climate concerns and notably the deforestation of swathes of the Amazon region for the benefit of producers of beef, a key export for the Mercosur group, made up of made up of Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay.