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France's Macron says U.S. policy driven by private sector interests

France's Macron says U.S. policy driven by private sector interests
French President Emmanuel Macron speaks during a news conference with New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern (not pictured) at the 'Christchurch Call Meeting' at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France May 15, 2019. Yoan Valat/Pool via REUTERS   -   Copyright  POOL(Reuters)
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PARIS (Reuters) – President Emmanuel Macron said on Thursday the private sector had excessive influence on U.S. policy and he reiterated his wish to see Europe offer a middle way between China’s state-controlled economy and the United States’s laissez-faire model.

“The United States are a formidable continent but they have a model which is completely steered by big private sector players and which is no longer subject to democratic checks and balances,” Macron said at the end of a question and answer session at a tech summit in Paris.

(Reporting by Mathieu Rosemain; Editing by Richard Lough and Gareth Jones)

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