RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - France is not yet ready to ratify the trade agreement announced on Friday, June 28th, between the European Union (EU) and Mercosur, after 20 years of negotiations, said Sibeth Ndiaye, a spokesperson for the French government, on Tuesday, July 2nd.

France is one of the most reluctant countries to the agreement as it fears the effects on its influential agricultural sector, which could be affected by the massive influx of South American products into the market.

Brazilian Foreign Minister Ernesto Araújo said on Tuesday, July 2nd, that no country is ready to ratify the trade . . .

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