British trawler seized by France is pawn in political game: lawyer

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By Layli Foroudi and Clotaire Achi ROUEN, France (Reuters) – A British fishing trawler impounded by French authorities is the unjustified casualty of a wider political battle between Paris and London over post-Brexit fishing rules, a lawyer for the vessel’s captain said on Wednesday. A court in the north-western French city of Rouen is deciding whether the Irish captain, Jondy Ward, should pay a 150,000 euro ($174,000) deposit to have the boat released after French authorities said he was fishing in French waters without a proper licence. “He is clearly in the middle of a political game,” the …

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