January 26, 2022

pressure from fishermen, who have not said their last word

What there is to know :

– Fishermen are blocking freight access to the Channel Tunnel, on the French side, to demand the settlement of post-Brexit fishing disputes with the United Kingdom.

– The European Commission has asked the UK to resolve the issue of post-Brexit fishing licenses by December 10.

– This is the first time since the blockade of the island of Jersey in May that French fishermen have organized a “big day of action”.

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5:05 p.m. “It’s a little pressure on Europe”

«This is a little pressure on Europe. I am one of the privileged people who got the license early enough, but my colleagues are not going to let themselves die, and we are not going to leave them in trouble.», Testified Dominique Ramet, fisherman.

«The State seems to be well aware of the problem, now it’s up to Europe to make the English feel that wellHe added.

5 p.m. End of movement

Started in the morning with a blockade of the ports of Saint-Malo and then of Calais, the mobilization ended with the lifting of the blockages of the port of Ouistreham and the access of goods trucks to the freight terminal of the Channel Tunnel.

In front of the Eurotunnel, the dozens of vans and cars blocking the entry and exit of heavy goods vehicles left, as planned, around 4 p.m. Their action, lasting two hours, caused a major traffic jam of more than a hundred trucks.

To “absorb the traffic” and “decongest the public road”, additional train departures have been scheduled after 4 pm, according to a spokesperson for Eurotunnel.

3:55 p.m. The fishermen break camp

The blockade of the Freight Terminal is gradually being lifted.

3:50 p.m. Closure of a motorway junction

Due to the accumulation of trucks blocked on the A16 motorway, the access ramp 43 was closed in the Calais-Boulogne direction, at the Jardiland roundabout. Interchange 42A, in the Boulogne-Calais direction, is also closed.

To minimize inconvenience, the prefecture recommends exiting at interchange 44.

3:35 p.m. Trucks stuck on the A16

The line of trucks continues to grow. Vehicles are now waiting on the A16 motorway, where they occupy the right lane near the Tunnel, in the Calais-Boulogne direction. However, traffic remains fluid in both directions.

The police are present on all roundabouts of access to the motorway, as well as on Avenue Salengro, near Fort Nieulay, in order to prevent migrants from boarding the immobilized trucks.

3.30 p.m. UK is “disappointed”

London reacted on Thursday evening to these announced blockages, which are occurring in the midst of escalation between France and Great Britain around the migration issue.

The UK said to itself “
», Urging France to “Ensure that illegal acts are not committed and that trade is not affected ».

3:25 p.m. The port will not file a complaint

The president of the port, Jean-Marc Puissesseau specified that he would not file a complaint for this action, without big impact. The fishermen are committed to “
do not infringe on each other’s turnover
», He underlined.

It is “Put pressure on the British government », Underlined the president of the fisheries committee of Hauts-de-France, Olivier Leprêtre. He notably denounced the “
overexploitation in French waters
”Generated according to him by the British attitude, amounting to 35 non-issued fishing licenses in Hauts-de-France.

3:15 p.m. In Ouistreham, at the same time

At Ouistreham, at the same time, several trawlers prevented a ferry from leaving the port. On land, about forty fishermen demonstrated under a banner “we want our licenses back”, throwing smoke bombs. They also blocked boarding on the next ferry.

3:10 p.m. The operation should last until 4 p.m.

2:50 p.m. “We see it as an injustice”

Stéophane Ramet, boss of “John Paul II”, has been fishing since 1987; he applied for a license which was refused: his boat having been in the yard, one year in 2015, he could not justify four years of activity in a row (2012 to 2016) as required by the British . ” We see it as an injustice “, He confided to La Voix du Nord. ” I’ve been fighting for the profession for a whole life ”. “We want to be able to access the 6-12 mile zone as we have always done. “

2:20 p.m. The Channel Tunnel is blocked

The fishermen have blocked the entrance to the tunnel, the queue of waiting trucks begins to lengthen. Symbolic in ports, the initiative is more disruptive for the tunnel operated by Eurotunnel through which 25% of trade between the United Kingdom and Europe passes.

However, traffic remains fluid on the A16 motorway, in the Boulogne-Calais direction.

According to Bruno Dachicourt of the fishermen’s union, around forty vans are blocking access to the Eurotunnel Freight Terminal. No truck enters or leaves the Terminal.

2:15 p.m. The Eurotunnel blockage has just started

It should last a good two hours.

13:55. A hundred fishermen from Boulogne go to Calais

About a hundred fishermen from Boulogne have just left the Epitre area, heading for Calais, aboard around thirty vehicles. They are escorted by the gendarmes and the police.

1:45 p.m. The ferries leave

The blockage of the port to ships is over, the ferries are back on the road.

12:55. No lines of trucks

For the moment, the situation is calm in the port of Calais. There are no lines of trucks in the road leading to the port, nor at the booths bound for England. The maritime ring road is not blocked either.

In the old port, a Irish Ferry is docked, blocked and awaiting loading. However, there is no tension.

12:50. Six fishing vessels block the port of Calais

12:32. 35 Boulogne boats are still awaiting their license

For the port of Boulogne, Olivier Leprêtre, the boss of the regional fisheries committee, indicates that 35 Boulogne boats are still awaiting their licenses. Across the Channel / North Sea, there are 150.

12:30 p.m. Start of the blockage of ferries at the port of Calais

Fishermen began Friday at the port of Calais to block the traffic of ferries providing links with Great Britain, to demand the settlement of post-Brexit fishing disputes with the United Kingdom.

Five fishing boats from the port of Boulogne-sur-Mer blocked access to the Calais port, an operation scheduled to last an hour and a half, as part of a national day of action by French fishermen that began in the morning in Saint-Malo.

11:40 am. “If it continues we will show our teeth more”

« The British have access to the European market, while we do not have access to British waters; this is not normal, the British government must respect the agreement
»Insists Olivier Leprêtre. “
This is a symbolic action but if it continues we will no longer show our teeth

11:35. A16: The fishermen mainly intend to block the heavy weights

Olivier Leprêtre indicates that they will ” ensure that the highway is not affected. Everyone will be able to circulate except heavy goods vehicles for two hours “. In the afternoon, it is aboard their vans that the fishermen have planned to block, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., the access of goods trucks to the freight terminal of the Channel Tunnel.

11:30 am. Other actions could follow, threaten fishermen

Olivier Leprêtre, president of the regional fisheries committee, holds a press conference. He threatens next actions. ” The European Commission must act and impose retaliatory measures if the UK does not respond after December 10 », He declares.

10:35 am. Eurotunnel blocked in the afternoon

Boats have planned to block the entry of ferries from Great Britain to two other ports in the French Channel: Ouistreham, then Calais.

In the afternoon, it is aboard their vans that the fishermen have planned to block, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., the access of goods trucks to the freight terminal of the Channel Tunnel.

We don’t want handouts, we just want our licenses back. The UK must abide by the post-Brexit deal. Too many fishermen are still left behind
», Declared Thursday Gérard Romiti, the president of the national fisheries committee during a press conference.

Symbolic at the entrance to the ports – where the swell may not allow all the planned actions – the initiative is more threatening near the tunnel, through which 25% of trade between the United Kingdom and the Europe.

10:30 am. The port of Saint-Malo blocked for 1 hour

From 8 am this Friday morning, a dozen boats blocked the entrance to the port of Saint-Malo, report our colleagues from the Telegram. As announced, around 9 am, the fishermen lifted their blockage. The Normandy Freight, cargo from Jersey, was able to reach the port.

We took the option of blocking the port of Saint-Malo both at the exit and at the entrance. The goal is to normally delay a ferry for an hour on delivery of everything it had on board. Another boat arrives from Jersey with fishery products, it is also going to be blocked
», Declared Pascal Leclerc, president of the fishing committee of Ille-et-Vilaine, aboard the Franck Annie.

When Europe and the government do not carry out threats, after a while you are forced to take control again because otherwise you have the impression that you will not achieve anything. We are not going to war, we want our rights to be respected, a deal has been made, the English deal is not being respected
“, he said.