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The White House on Saturday announced a 25 percent tariff on $1.3 billion worth of French merchandise, including cosmetics and handbags, after a digital service tax was levied against US tech giants, Fox News reported.

The Trump administration reportedly saw the tax as an unfair assault on American companies like Facebook, Google, and Amazon.

Senate Finance Chair Chuck Grassley and ranking member Ron Wyden supported the president's decision in a joint statement, according to Politico.

“Retaliatory tariffs aren’t ideal but the French government’s refusal to back down from its unilateral imposition of unfair and punitive taxes on U.S. companies leaves our government with no choice,” the statement read.

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