FRANCE has further risked the wrath of Donald Trump after its finance minister called for the European Union to become an “empire” superstate to rival the United States and China.
“I’m talking about a peaceful empire which is a constitutional state.”
After being quizzed by his interview on his comments, he added: “Do not get me wrong, I’m talking about a peaceful empire that’s a constitutional state.
“I use the term to raise awareness that the world of tomorrow will be about power. Power will make a difference: technological power, economic, financial, monetary, cultural power will be crucial.
“Europe should no longer shy away from using its power and being an empire of peace.”
He demanded EU countries tell Mr Trump that Europe is a “sovereign continent” and should decide who it trades with itself.
“We want a way to exchange goods and services when financial flows between Iran and Europe are no longer possible,” he said.
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