France will take position “before Christmas”, assures Emmanuel Macron

“We will keep fighting, we will not let our fishermen go”, assured Emmanuel Macron, Friday, 19 November, announcing that France would take a position “before Christmas” On a dispute with Britain over fishing licences. “Determination, perseverance and support for our fishermen, this is the policy we have been following since the beginning and we will not give up”, the press in Aulnoy-Aymrij (North) declared the head of state, while the opposition accused the government of disappointing the fishermen.

The President again strongly urged the European Commission that “to play my part” And settle the dispute with the British. “I will receive the fishermen of all the concerned areas after getting the response from the commission”, he announced in Guise (Aisne) at the end of the afternoon. “And before Christmas, France would have taken a position”, he said, specifying that he did not want “Make it the subject of the French presidency” of the European Union which starts on 1 January.

“The commission must protect us. It must go to the end, things are going too slow and too slow”, he expressed regret, warned that if “The Commission is not playing its role, France will”, “I refuse to be referred to a bilateral dialogue”, continued Emmanuel Macron, because “It is not only a matter between France and the British, it is a matter of respect for the word given” According to him, during the conclusion of Brexit agreements between London and 27.

“Today, [les Britanniques] don’t respect [ces accords]I’ve made that very clear to Boris Johnson.”

Emmanuel Macron

In Aulnoy-Aymriz (North)

“Process is too slow”, a spokesman for the commission admitted in Brussels. evoking a “Subject to be dealt with immediately”, the latter promises to ask London “Intensification of the process within a clearly defined time frame”.

Fishing professionals reacted angrily to remarks from the sea minister, Annick Girardin, who on Thursday spoke of a compensation plan for fishermen who would lose their licenses to British waters. Secretary of State for European Affairs Clement Beaune said on Friday that France does not “stepped back” no and always claimed “same number” license in london

There was strong criticism from many opposition figures, including Javier Bertrand, Michel Barnier and Valerie Pecres (LR), Marine Le Pen (RN) or Fabian Roussel (PCF). “repentance” The government on this issue at least five months before the presidential election. Emmanuel Macron assured that the government would continue “to accompany” fisherman “Unless” that the conversation will continue.

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