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France seizes British fishing boat, escalating dispute with London

By Rick Noack

28 Oct 2021 · 3 min read

PARIS — France escalated a fishing rights dispute with Britain on Thursday, announcing that French authorities had seized a British boat that lacked a license to operate in French waters and have issued a warning to another British vessel.

France’s minister of the sea, Annick Girardin, announced the seizure one day after the French government threatened sanctions against Britain in the lingering dispute that has stirred emotions on both sides of the English Channel for months.

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