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Francois Hollande’s TTIP comment was cowardly—but predictable

Free trade is one of the greatest liberating forces on earth—why is it so unpopular?

By John McTernan  

French President Francois Hollande ©Pool/ABACA/PA Images

“Trade! Huh! Who is it good for? Absolutely everyone!” As, Edwin Starr didn’t write. But seriously, why, given the fact that trade creates jobs and growth, cuts prices and pays our wages, is it so unpopular?

The latest sign of the low regard in which trade is held is the announcement by French President Francois Hollande that he will never sign up to the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership—a proposed trade deal between the US and the…

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