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Jean-Francois Boittin

Jean-Francois Boittin is a former French diplomat and Treasury official. He lives in Washington, D.C. and works on various consulting jobs as well as with a Paris economic think tank.

A proud supporter of globalization, Mr. Boittin previously led the French team that negotiated the Uruguay Round, the last, but not least, major success of the GATT-WTO system. He then led the Treasury teams of the French Embassies in Washington, D.C. and in Berlin.

He initially studied to become a scholar of Ancient Greek, but found himself confronted with the iron law of supply and demand early in his life. He thus switched to public service and a job in the French Treasury.

Mr. Boittin is a graduate of the École Normale Supérieure, rue d’Ulm, and the École Nationale d’Administration.

Articles by Jean-Francois Boittin

Donald Trump’s Diplomatic War on Europe

The Trump administration uses diplomatic protocol to slap the EU in the face, while cuddling up to Putin and Erdogan.

January 20, 2019

As Trump Tries to Slay the Chinese Dragon

Major U.S. companies cannot be happy about the effects that President Trump’s trade war with China will have on their business fortunes.

June 29, 2018

How Trump Does Regime Change — At Home!

Detect the telltale signs of the coming U.S. regime change, moving from democracy to Trumpian idolatry.

June 13, 2018

Aboard Air Force One: Trump’s Thoughts on the Way to the G7

Those so-called “allies” don’t realize how much they have been on the warpath against the U.S. all along. High time to set the record straight!

June 9, 2018

Trump’s Car Tariffs and Transatlantic Reciprocity

A note on U.S. and European car tariffs to a very stable genius.

March 15, 2018

Trump’s Steel Tariffs: Soft on China and Russia, Tough on Allies

Everything you always wanted to know about section 232 of the U.S. Act on steel and aluminum, but were always afraid to ask.

March 8, 2018

America First — Or Against All?

To Trump, everything in politics – even at the global trade stage – is about him personally and how it affects his business interests.

February 13, 2018

NAFTA and WTO: Terminator Trump?

U.S. trade policy under Trump does not reflect a self-confident global power, but a giant caught in a dwarf’s mind.

October 26, 2017

Trump in Paris: Bienvenue, Monsieur le Président!

A message to the American President as he heads to France.

July 14, 2017

Making Russia Great Again

Why is Vladimir Putin so grateful to Donald Trump? Because Trump diminishes the United States’ standing in the world, making little Russia look larger.

June 13, 2017

After Trump’s Exit from Paris Accord: Just Sanction the Bastards!

After Trump’s exiting from the Paris Accord, no more travel freedom for all those involved in the decision-making.

June 4, 2017

Bye Bye, Paris! Hello Centralia, Pennsylvania!

Reflections on Donald Trump’s exit from global responsibility.

June 4, 2017

Trump at Taormina: The Odd Man Out

Imagining a G7 world, where the United States now is the rogue nation at the table, like Russia was at the G8 table!

May 26, 2017

Bye Bye G7… Hello to The Seven Bastards

Donald Trump’s musings upon leaving Sicily after the G7 summit.

May 18, 2017

Trump to Germany: Pay Up!

The U.S. President reflects on why Germans must be made to pay for all the wrongs they inflicted on the United States.

May 7, 2017

Trump’s Plan for the United Soviet(!) of America

Trump is determined to "make the USA great again" -- the United Soviet of America, that is.

February 16, 2017

TPP: How Trump Abandoned a Great Deal for Corporate America

Just what is the new U.S. President so afraid about with regard to his country’s middling trade partners in Asia?

February 9, 2017

The U.S. and the New “BR Index”

A close-up examination of whether the US is becoming a banana republic.

February 2, 2017

First Meeting Between Trump and Putin

The scene takes place in Vladimir Putin’ s office in the Kremlin.

December 18, 2016

Carrier “International” Gets Trumped: Global Ramifications

Is Donald Trump’s special deal for the Carrier plant in Indiana the beginning of the unraveling of the U.S.-led wave of globalization?

December 8, 2016

Welcome to Trumponomics: A Variant of “Economic Nationalism”

Donald Trump’s economic policy and his perspective on globalization, trade and capitalism are very black and white. Does he have a real plan?

December 1, 2016

Presidential Elections in the US and Gabon: Which One is More Rigged?

Do any U.S. Presidents really have a mandate?

November 29, 2016

Trump’s Real Bond: We the Fat People

The indisputable way to explain the 2016 U.S. presidential election result.

November 20, 2016