FRANCE’s threat to turn off Jersey’s electricity is a blatant French attempt to intimidate the UK, more in keeping with the approach of Vladimir Putin’s Russia than with a western democracy, a Tory MP has said.
And while David Jones welcomed Boris Johnson’s decision to send Royal Navy vessels to the Channel Islands, he also suggested French President Emmanuel Macron may use the crisis to bolster his credentials with one eye on next year’s election. The row exploded after remarks by Annick Girardin in France’s National Assembly.
Mrs Girardin said she was “disgusted” that Jersey had issued 41 licences with unilaterally imposed conditions, including the time French fishing vessels could spend in its waters.
She added: “In the Brexit deal there are retaliatory measures. Well, we’re ready to use them.