Mon Dieu! Tariffs on French cheese, wines, more would cost U.S. consumers

Posted at 8:14 AM, Jan 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-02 10:14:29-05

When France decided to tax America’s tech companies, the Trump administration decided to hit the French where it hurts – in exports of cheese, Champagne and handbags.

But trade experts and Arizona business owners say it’s U.S. consumers and small businesses who will likely end up paying the price.

“It really bothers me,” said Joel LaTondress, owner of Arcadia Premium in Phoenix, which sells craft beer, wines and cheeses.

“The liquor business is a multi-tier type of system and it’s extremely complicated, so you’re hurting multiple types of businesses, whether it’s stores like mine or distributors or importers,” he said. “It just seems kind of petty.”

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