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French fishermen halt go-slow in Channel

The English Channel. File picture
The English Channel. File picture

French fisherman who have been protesting this week over the EU fish quota have turned back a flotilla headed for Kent.

The latest protest was part of a week of action, which led to the blockades at the French ports of Calais, Boulogne and Dunkirk.

Now the flotilla of 30 French fishing trawlers has landed back in Boulogne.

They left the harbour there at about 5am on Friday and moved into the north-east lane of the English Channel and started to head towards Europe.

John Brewin, Assistant Watchman at Dover Coastguard, said they were causing a level of inconvenience to cargo ships passing just off of the French coast.

It follows the protests earlier this week by French fishermen which led to Operation Stack being implemented on the M20.

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