But officials note that there is plenty of time for negotiations. The proposed tariffs on certain cosmetics and handbags won't take effect until Jan. 6, 2021, according to the Office of the US Trade Representative.
The USTR said in a filing Friday that the tariffs would be set at a rate of 25%. The move comes after a USTR investigation concluded that France’s digital services tax was designed to discriminate against US digital companies. French legislators had called the proposal a “GAFA tax” because it would fall heavily on Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon.
The Trump Administration said it had mulled a 100% tariff rate and was considering action against other French imports such as wine and cheese.