French threaten to cut Jersey's electricity as fishing dispute escalates

AUTHORITIES in Guernsey are expected to react today to threats from France to cut electricity supplies to Jersey as the fishing dispute there escalates.

Fishermen gathered at the Granville criée auction house at the weekend to protest about the fishing licences they had been given by the Government of Jersey. Picture: Ouest-France (29511702)
Fishermen gathered at the Granville criée auction house at the weekend to protest about the fishing licences they had been given by the Government of Jersey. Picture: Ouest-France (29511702)

Guernsey has full on-island generating capacity, although it receives most of its power from France via a cable link with Jersey, but its sister island relies on imported power for 95% of its power.

The French threat follows Jersey issuing licences for French fishermen to access its water, the details of which angered skippers, who have also threatened to blockade St Helier.

The Jersey Evening Post reported this morning that the dispute is expected to be resolved ‘within 24-hours’.

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