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Hollande: Europe can beat protectionism by working with Asia

  • French President Francois Hollande, left, and Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong arrive to witness the signing of several memorandum of understandings between their two countries at the Istana or presidential palace on Monday, March 27, 2017, in Singapore. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

    French President Francois Hollande, left, and Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong arrive to witness the signing of several memorandum of understandings between their two countries at the Istana or presidential palace on Monday, March 27, 2017, in Singapore. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)  (The Associated Press)

  • French President Francois Hollande waits to meet with Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at the Istana or presidential palace on Monday, March 27, 2017, in Singapore. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

    French President Francois Hollande waits to meet with Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at the Istana or presidential palace on Monday, March 27, 2017, in Singapore. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)  (The Associated Press)

  • French President Francois Hollande, center, shakes hands with Singapore's Senior Minister of State for Defense and Foreign Affairs, Mohamad Maliki Osman, right, while Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, second right, and France's Minister of State of the Industry, Digital Sector and Innovation, Christophe Sirugue, left, watch after the signing of a memorandum of understanding of the Competent Authority Agreement between their two countries at the Istana or presidential palace on Monday, March 27, 2017, in Singapore. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

    French President Francois Hollande, center, shakes hands with Singapore's Senior Minister of State for Defense and Foreign Affairs, Mohamad Maliki Osman, right, while Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, second right, and France's Minister of State of the Industry, Digital Sector and Innovation, Christophe Sirugue, left, watch after the signing of a memorandum of understanding of the Competent Authority Agreement between their two countries at the Istana or presidential palace on Monday, March 27, 2017, in Singapore. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)  (The Associated Press)

French President Francois Hollande says European countries can fight protectionism in trade and other forms by standing united and reaching out to Asia.

Speaking Monday at a lecture in Singapore, Hollande singled out the government of President Donald Trump.

He said: "The U.S. again made a number of decisions and made some choices that will have an impact on its own economy and on the rest of the world."

In March, the world's top economic powers dropped a pledge to fully oppose trade protectionism at the Group of 20 meeting in Germany, amid pushback from the U.S. government.

The group said that countries "are working to strengthen the contribution of trade" to their economies. By comparison, last year's meeting called on them to resist "all forms" of protectionism.