French flotilla protests off Jersey in fishing row

A simmering row over fishing rights has escalated this week, with a French minister suggesting French electricity supplies to Jersey could be cut, and Britain despatching two navy patrol boats to the island.

A representative for the Normandy regional fishing committee, which helped organize Thursday's protest, said the French flotilla would not seek to impede access to Jersey ports, or stop local fishing vessels from operating.

Video filmed from St Helier, Jersey's capital, showed the flotilla arriving in port.

The island of Jersey sits 14 miles (23 km) off the northern French coast and 85 miles (140 km) south of Britain's shores.

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