Scallop War: French navy ‘ready to intervene’ following scallop skirmishes in English Channel

France said on Tuesday its navy is standing by to avert new clashes between French and British fishing boats after tensions flared last week over access to scallop-rich waters off the Normandy coast. Agriculture Minister Stephane Travert told CNews television the navy was “ready to intervene in case of clashes” after fishermen hurled stones and insults in the latest episode of a long-running “Scallops War”. A patrol boat based in nearby Cherbourg is watching the area as part of a routine mission “to ensure the safety of people and ships at sea”, said Captain Bertrand Dumoulin. Travert said he could not speak for the British navy, which reportedly sent ships to the area. >click to read<12:35

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