If US president-elect Donald Trump decides to pull the United States out of the Paris climate pack, Nicolas Sarkozy, the French presidential candidate, says Europe should impose a carbon tax on American imports.
“Donald Trump has said – we’ll see if he keeps this promise – that he won’t respect the conclusions of the Paris climate agreement,” Sarkozy told the TF1 television channel on November 13.
“Well, I will demand that Europe put in place a carbon tax at its border, a tax of 1-3%, for all products coming from the United States, if the United States doesn’t apply environmental rules that we are imposing on our companies,” he added.
As reported by French Radio RFI, Sarkozy, a frontrunner for the nomination of the centre-right Republicans party, is also in favour of forcing public authorities in Europe to use more products or materials made in Europe.
Europe can no longer be “weak” or “naïve”, Sarkozy said, even as he defended the idea of the free movement of people and goods.
In related news Bloomberg reported that the former French president also called for an anti-dumping tax in Europe. “I believe in trade but I want that, in this world, Europe rearms and defends itself,” he said.