TRADE TALKS SNAG?: France is raising objections that threaten to delay the start of negotiations on a sweeping U.S.-European Union free trade pact. That has been one of the big goals of President Barack Obama's upcoming trip to Europe.
THE OBJECTIVE: The proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership has raised expectations of boosting growth and jobs by eliminating tariffs and other barriers. It would create a market with common standards and regulations across countries that account for nearly half the global economy.
THE ISSUE: France is demanding an exclusion for European film, radio and TV industries — fearing the influence of Hollywood on homegrown culture. The U.S. says nothing should be taken off the table before negotiations even begin.