How Hollande Revitalized French Policy in Latin America

French President Francois Hollande and Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos signing bilateral agreements, Bogota, Colombia, Jan. 23, 2017 (AP photo by Fernando Vergara).
French President Francois Hollande and Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos signing bilateral agreements, Bogota, Colombia, Jan. 23, 2017 (AP photo by Fernando Vergara).
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While Donald Trump spent his first week as president of the United States rapidly upending ties with Mexico, undermining major free trade deals, and flaunting his protectionist ambitions, outgoing French President Francois Hollande visited Latin America, where he signed a host of bilateral agreements with Chile and Colombia. In Chile on Sunday, he warned against creeping protectionism, which he called the “worst response” that “impedes trade, hinders growth and even affects employment, including in countries that advocate for it and implement it.” The comment was an indirect jab at Trump and other populists on the rise, not least Marine Le […]

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