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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

U.S. Trade Boss Defends Sanctions

PARIS -- The head of the U.S. International Trade Administration defended American sanctions on European products Tuesday, saying they were necessary to counter a European ban on hormone-treated beef.

"I feel for farmers in France - and in the United States - who are facing world prices that are the lowest they've been since the Great Depression,'' said David Aaron, undersecretary of commerce for international trade.

Angry French farmers held more protests this week against the U.S. policy, which they claim has unfairly targeted their products.

"Our beef can't be sold at all in Europe,'' said Aaron, in Paris for meetings on commerce and the health industry. "Even though there are [U.S.] tariffs on European products, they can and will be sold in the United States.''

In July, the United States levied $124 million in sanctions on a variety of European products to counter Europe's refusal to import hormone-treated U.S. beef.