Hardline Europe minister Clement Beaune accused Britain of being in breach of the Brexit trade deal and insisted Paris would not be intimidated into dropping its allegations. He said: “We won’t be intimidated by these manoeuvres.” Mr Beaune, a close ally of President Emmanuel Macron, was speaking during a protest by furious French fishermen close to Jersey’s main port.
The trawlermen are angry at being slapped with post-Brexit restrictions on their access to the Channel island’s coastal waters.
“Our wish is not to have tensions, but to have a quick and full application of the deal,” Mr Beaune told the AFP news agency.
“That’s the case for Jersey and that’s the case for the licences we are waiting for in the Hauts de France (region).”
He added: “We’re working nonstop with the European Commission and British authorities.”
France has also dispatched its own gunboat to the region to monitor the demonstration.