France frees seized British scallop dredger, Britain says

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain said on Tuesday that France had freed a British scallop dredger that was seized last week in French waters near Le Havre, and welcomed Paris’s decision to step back from a row over fishing.

Asked if the impounded vessel, the Cornelis Gert Jan, had been released, British Environment Secretary George Eustice said: “Yes. I understand that that vessel has now been released.”

“It’s a decision by the French to step back from the threats they made,” Eustice told Sky. “We welcome that.”

(Reporting by Sarah Young and Guy Faulconbridge; Editing by Kate Holton)

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