- The Washington Times - Monday, April 12, 2010

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

The article “French horn toots for market limits” (Page 1, March 30) mentioned France and Germany complaining of U.S. “protectionism” because the criteria laid out for the U.S. Air Force’s next fleet of midair refueling tankers did not favor Europe’s Airbus, based in President Nicolas Sarkozy’s France.

President Obama need only remind Mr. Sarkozy that the French government has just been found guilty by the World Trade Organization (WTO) of funneling tens of billions of dollars in illegal trade subsidies to Airbus with the intention of giving that company’s planes an unfair advantage in winning commercial and military contracts. Given the magnitude of the WTO ruling against France and other European nations, for Mr. Sarkozy to dare accuse the United States of “protectionism” is the height of arrogance and hypocrisy.

GEORGE LANDRITH

President, Frontiers of Freedom

Fairfax, Va.

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