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US-France Trade War? 5 Geopolitical Effects You Need to Know

1. France to continue technology tax despite US threat

France’s finance minister says that it will continue to carry out a plan to tax technology firms, despite a threat of tariffs on French goods from US President Donald Trump, according to Reuters. France’s senate had passed the controversial bill earlier this month, and it was signed into law by President Emmanuel Macron this week. The bill places a 3 percent tax on technology firms that earn more than €750 million ($834 million) in global revenue and €25 million in France, and would target the revenue that those companies earn in the country. That would affect nearly 30 companies around the world, not just firms from the United States. US president Trump responded by tweeting yesterday that the White House will “announce a substantial reciprocal action,” and that he could levy a tax against French wine, while The Office of the United States Trade Representative had also opened an investigation into the tax. Despite this France is showing no signs of stopping the tax, and is set to go ahead with it as planned.

2. France follows US in launching Space Force

In another move that seems to challenge the US, months after President Donald Trump announced the creation of the U.S. Space Force, France is beginning to lay the groundwork for its own version. Macron announced last month that the nation’s air force will establish a space command for the purpose of national defense, particularly to protect French satellites. The French military currently operates a constellation of three Syracuse satellites that are primarily used for communication between the mainland and French troops deployed abroad. But after the new cameras are tried and tested, France will launch another generation of Syracuse satellites that will also be able to destroy enemy satellites. The upgraded Syracuse satellites will be armed with either submachine guns or lasers that could disable or even destroy another satellite, according to Le Point; France aims to have those space weapons fully operational in orbit by 2030. France’s minister of armed forces Florence Parly, said “We will conduct a reasoned arsenalization.” This is a sign that France is responding to the US’s own arsenalization, initiating a space rivalry, despite Parly denying an arms race in space.

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3. France could move towards Asia

4. Possibly a sign of Trump’s opposition to the EU

5. Cooperation on the strait of Hormuz continues

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