TTIP talks are ‘likely to stop’, say officials, as François Hollande signals France will reject deal

European consumer rights activists take part in a march to protest against the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, austerity and poverty in Brussels

Talks over the hugely controversial Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership agreement could be about to fail after France threatened to block the deal. Paris officials have said negotiations between the US and EU are “likely to stop” amid significant disagreements between the two sides over the free-trade agreement. President Hollande has said he will “never accept” the deal in its current guise because of the rules it enforces on France and the rest of Europe – particularly in relation to farming and culture – claiming they are too friendly to US business. Read Article