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France says talks with Britain over scallop fishing end in failure

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France says talks with Britain over scallop fishing end in failure

France says talks with Britain over scallop fishing end in failure
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PARIS (Reuters) - Talks between French and British fisherman over rights to catch scallops have ended in failure, France's agriculture ministry said on Wednesday, raising the risk of further tensions at sea.

"Agriculture and Food Minister Stephane Travert notes the failure of the fishermen to reach an agreement for this season's scallop fishing," the ministry said in a statement.

French and British fishing representatives had reached an outline deal earlier this month but have since been unable to finalise terms.

Travert has warned that the French Navy is ready to act if there are fresh clashes between fishermen of the two countries in what has been dubbed the Scallop Wars.

(Reporting by Gus Trompiz; Editing by Leigh Thomas)

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