France detains British trawler amid ongoing fishing disputes

French authorities have arrested a British trawler amid an ongoing fishing rights dispute.

Two boats were fined Wednesday after one allegedly failed to comply with police checks and the other allegedly failed to have a proper license, according to the French Maritime Ministry.

A statement by French maritime minister Annick Girardin said the authorities had carried out checks on boats in the Baie de Seine near Le Havre in the north of the country.

A trawler was fined for obstructing controls after initially denying police embarkation requests, the statement said.

It was later found that she had not broken the rules.

The ministry said the second boat was not on a list of British vessels licensed by the European Commission and France.

The boat was then ordered to divert to Le Havre.

The Ministry of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) was asked for an opinion.

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