France's Hollande says free trade talks can start if US spying discussions start at the same time

French President Francois Hollande has said that free trade talks with the US can begin as planned, but only if work on clarifying US surveillance tactics starts at the same time.

Previously a spokesman for the French government has said that delaying talks for a fortnight "would be wise".

EU trade commissioner Karel de Gucht has said that this is equivalent to the EU shooting itself in the foot, with a recent EU study suggesting that the deal could boost EU GDP by €119bn (£101bn).

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