France has expressed dismay at the European Union (EU) for throwing its weight behind the UK in the ongoing fishing row that has seen French boats denied fishing rights in British waters.
SurgeZirc UK understands that French fishermen have threatened to blockade the English Channel after the EU backed out of supporting Emmanuel Macron’s post-Brexit demands.
France president, Macron had called on the European bloc to impose heavy sanctions on the UK over the post-Brexit fishing conflict, but the EU has been somewhat reluctant in taking action against the UK.
French Fishermen have remonstrated after Jersey granted licenses to only 12 French fishing vessels out of 47 applications this summer.
This led to calls from Macron for the EU to take action against Brexit Britain.
However, EU member states were not aboard the decision to take retaliatory action against the UK due to the fishing conflict.
In an interview with Daily Mail, a French fisherman from the northern Channel town of Boulogne said blockades could be staged in ports like Calais and Boulogne.
Fisherman Pierre-Yves Dachicourt said: “We were promised to be able to go fishing in English waters.
“However, since January 1, it’s forbidden to us.
“We’re losing 50 percent of our income.
“We’re going to consider direct action.
“This is because this has to end.
“We can’t live like that.”
With presidential elections looming large, Macron is in a jam to demonstrate capacity to stand up to crunch international conflicts, a conundrum typified by post-Brexit fishing negotiations.
The recent fishing dispute between the two allies has caused both countries to send patrol vessels off the shores of Jersey.
The Channel Islands are self-governing British Crown Dependencies.
Jersey’s external relations minister Ian Gorst, reacting to the fishing row said the island’s government had taken “a pragmatic, reasonable and evidence-based approach” to the issue.
Earlier this year French fishermen staged a demonstration in the sea off the island of Jersey.
In a swift reaction to threats by the French fishermen to blockade the island, the UK sent two naval patrol boats to Jersey.
The conflict then tipped to a higher scale when Macron’s political officials threatened to cut off Jersey’s electricity supply which is fed by undersea cables from France.