Germany's Clement attacks French "protectionism"


BERLIN, July 23 (Reuters) - German Economy Minister Wolfgang Clement underlined a widening rift between Berlin and Paris on industry policy, accusing French Finance Minister Nicolas Sarkozy of backing protectionist policies in the auto sector. In a guest article for the financial daily Boersen-Zeitung published on Friday, Clement said plans by Sarkozy to launch a vehicles tax based on emissions of diesel soot or carbon dioxide would harm German interests. "The measures planned by Mr ...

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