The French President is furious at Britain’s refusal to grant what he sees as sufficient licences for smaller vessels to fish in waters six to 12 miles from the UK coast. In total just 15 permits out of 47 have been granted. A total of 200 more have been issued for French boats to operate in the wider economic zone around the British isles.
Measures, which would need EU approval, may include increasing the price of electricity to Jersey, as well as restrictions for British ships trying to unload their catches in France. New tariffs on British goods are also a possibility.
The strategy is being formulated by French Prime Minister Jean Castex and Maritime Minister Annick Girardin.
A French Government spokesman told the Times: “The British have restarted negotiations and approved a few extra licences but we are not at all near the necessary number.”
He insisted whatever action was take would be “concrete, proportional and reversible”.
Another French official added: “We have to remain within proportional sanctions to avoid affecting, even more, the already deteriorated relationship with the UK.”
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