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The standoff between Paris and London over fishing licenses continues. France has decided to withdraw the sanctions against the British, which were to come into force from Tuesday. The 250 or so French fishermen who still do not have licenses are worried about their future.

In the port of Boulogne-sur-Mer (Pas-de-Calais), a fishing boat has been relying on scallops for a week to survive, lacking a license to be able to fish in British waters. “In our regions on the shores of France, we can only survive by fishing in our seas”, a fisherman explains, “a bit worried”. 35 to 45% of the turnover is done at the end of the year and mainly on the English side. “If we can’t go, it will be a huge loss of earnings and jeopardize the business”, guesses its owner Maxime Fett.

Emmanuel Macron said no sanctions would be enforced against the United Kingdom until Thursday, 4 November, the last day of talks. There is an emergency at the fishermen’s stalls in Boulogne-sur-Mer. “On Na Rain”, denounces Sylvie Dubenoy, the poisoner in Pas-de-Calais. The United Kingdom welcomed the suspension of restrictions, and said it was open to more in-depth discussions on how to resolve the crisis in the coming days.

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