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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Beef Deadline Given

BRUSSELS, Belgium -- The European Commission said Thursday that France has until early next week to end the ban on British beef and stressed it will launch legal action if Paris refuses to comply.

At France's request, a new meeting between technical experts was announced for Friday at EU headquarters in an attempt to find a belated diplomatic solution to end to the cross-Channel beef conflict.

"If steps to lift the embargo are not in place [by Tuesday], the fist step of a legal procedure against France for non-respect of [EU] law will be taken,'' the EU's executive commission said in a statement.