Lacking trade policy autonomy, the French cannot do this without Brussels’ consent. So far, they do not have it. But will they win in the end? Possibly.
“Nicolas Sarkozy, the French president, on Tuesday warned China that the European Union could penalise cheap imports from high carbon-emitting countries in order to defend EU companies obliged to meet strict environmental standards.”(“FT.com / In depth — Sarkozy warns China of carbon tariffs”)