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>France is preparing to help fishermen who’ll have to stop working if they don’t obtain fishing licenses from the U.K., Sea Minister Annick Girardin said on Thursday. >The minister was cited by Agence-France Presse as saying that the cost to the state of buyout packages for fishermen could reach 40 to 60 million euros ($45-$68 million). >The preparations suggest the French government believes it may not get the post-Brexit fishing licenses it has long demanded from the U.K., but Girardin insisted Paris has no expectations for the negotiations to go one way or another. >“We still have to define a common methodology with the U.K.,” Girardin said in a speech to members of the French fishing industry in Brittany, according to a copy emailed by her office. “I am putting maximum pressure on the Commission and on the British to make progress on this point, even if I can tell you that it is the most sensitive subject for us and for the British.” >France expects to receive more than 40 licenses by December for fishermen working in the Channel Island of Guernsey, Girardin said. In Jersey, France has already obtained 116 definitive licenses and 46 temporary ones, which it wants to make permanent. Thirteen are outstanding, she said.  >Elsewhere, in the 6 to 12 nautical miles off the British coast, France has received 104 licenses, meaning 54 are missing, including 40 for boats replacing existing ones.  >Emmanuel Macron’s government recently threatened to disrupt trade flows to and from the U.K. if French vessels remain without permits.


I wonder if the Tories are helping the British fishermen...? 🙄


How many illegal immigrants can you fit on a French fishing boat? Asking for a (French) friend...


The French government is starting damage control but this is not over. >Il est définitivement évident que Jersey ne respecte pas l'accord Brexit. Pire, il démontre une non-volonté de coopérer avec nous", a déclaré Annick Girardin lors d'une intervention aux Assises de la pêche, organisées à Saint-Pol-de-Léon dans le Finistère. > >"Pour faire pression" sur le gouvernement de Saint-Hélier, elle a demandé à ses services "de renforcer fortement les contrôles sur les navires britanniques" dans la zone. translated to >"It is definitely obvious that Jersey is breaking the Brexit deal. Worse, it shows a unwillingness to cooperate with us ", declared Annick Girardin during an intervention at the Assises de la Pêche, organized in Saint-Pol-de-Léon in Finistère. > >"To put pressure" on the government of Saint-Hélier, she asked her services "to strongly strengthen controls on British ships" in the area. [source](https://france3-regions.francetvinfo.fr/bretagne/licences-de-peche-face-a-l-absence-de-volonte-de-jersey-girardin-prepare-un-plan-de-sortie-de-flotte-2340301.html)


I think Boris is winning this one


Macron might not get his licences and he even might up having to spend $60M to buy out the involved fishermen, but if that happens you can be damn sure France is going to extract their pound of flesh from the Brits. Meanwhile Macron has visibly done way more for his fishing industry than BoJo has done for his own and actually still has a viable fishing industry.


I do hope so... Because French fishermen are mad af right now, that the government is proposing to buy out their boat


Doubtful. Should trade restrictions go up the UK is in no shape to respond. It doesn't check french goods and as such can't accurately charge reciprocal tariffs on the French.


The UK owes France money and we haven't paid yet. Worth bearing in mind.


France owes the UK services and that's why the UK hasn't paid yet. Worth bearing in mind.


Do you remember the drama last Christmas when France blocked access for truckers?


France made a mistake with that move, but not in the way most people think. Johnson screwed things up by ‘refusing to cancel Christmas’, and when the Covid case numbers were sky high he played politics by blaming a new variant rather than admit fault. France took him at his word and closed the border. In France’s mind the thinking was that it shouldn’t be a big deal – the UK just needs to do testing and any driver with a negative result can go on their way. But they badly miscalculated just how dysfunctional the UK test&trace program was. The ultimate reason the drivers were held up so long was because the UK couldn’t actually do the tests quickly enough. It was such a shitshow that France ended up having to send Firefighters and emergency workers over to administer Covid tests to help clear the backlog. They had their own computers and admin equipment, their own generators and were nipping through the testing at a rate of knots. That was France’s mistake. They assumed the UK’s testing regime wasn’t a complete shitshow. Bad mistake.


Actually no...


Effective strategy. Taught truckers to stay out of the uk. https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.theguardian.com/uk-news/2020/dec/26/anger-of-10000-lorry-drivers-held-hostage-in-covid-christmas-standoff https://www.google.com/search?q=truckers+stuck+Christmas+uk&oq=truckers+stuck+Christmas+uk&aqs=chrome..69i57.10124j0j7&client=ms-android-motorola-rev2&sourceid=chrome-mobile&ie=UTF-8


Thanks for sharing


Kent is keeping extra parking ready until January in case diplomacy fails and the UK gets bitch-slapped again. Which the uk would probably deserve


France can do vastly more damage to British trade than the value of a few dozen fishing licenses.


What is the contest? What is the prize? Being the most annoying neighbor? Damaging a partner's economy? I am wondering what "France winning" would look like. Both sides respecting the terms of their agreement?


Well, welcome to the brexit, sir


Johnson doesn't control the Jersey side of things though. This is on the Jersey govt.




Check my other comment