France likely to suffer reprisals from America: Joe Fitchett

Joe Fitchett in the Herald Tribune writes about the repurcussions of the French stance on Iraq. Relations between France and the US are at an all time low – following Chirac’s promise to veto any resolution on military action against Iraq.

Fitchett sites many problems that have arisen – French products boycotted by US companies and consumers, tense relations between French and American companies. An economic war may even be on the cards – and legal action within the WTO.

This follows talk of US investments drying up on the French stock exchange, and withdrawal of investment from Germany.

At some point in the future, perhaps within my lifetime, war between the United States and a United Europe may be a distinct possibility.