The French government remains opposed to a trade deal between the European Union and the countries of the South American trading block Mercosur, because of the “major” issue of deforestation in the Amazon region.

The French government set three conditions to continue talks with Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay, which include the respect of the Paris climate agreement and the alignment of exports on EU health and environmental standards, the government said in a report.

The trade agreement was signed in 2019 but has to be ratified by European Union member states.

Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel expressed “serious doubts” about the deal on Aug. 21, while the French President, Emmanuel Macron, has threatened not to sign it if the Brazilian government does not protect the rain forest.