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France threatens to cut Jersey’s electric supply

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- DAVID HUGHES & GAVIN CORDON Press Associatio­n

A BAN on Donald Trump from using Facebook has been upheld by the social network’s oversight board – though the group raised concerns about the indetermin­ate duration of the measure.

The former United States president was blocked from the platform indefinite­ly following violent clashes in the US Capitol on January 6, which Mr Trump was blamed for inciting.

The board said it was “not appropriat­e” to impose “the indetermin­ate and standard-less penalty of indefinite suspension”.

THE UK and Jersey have hit out at France for making “disproport­ionate” threats, after the government in Paris warned it could cut off electricit­y to the island in a row over post-Brexit fishing rights.

Maritime minister Annick Girardin warned on Tuesday that France was ready to take “retaliator­y measures”, after accusing the Channel Island of dragging its feet over issuing new licences to French boats.

The UK Government said the move was “clearly unacceptab­le” as efforts to resolve the row continued, while Jersey’s External Relations Minister Ian Gorst insisted that there was no justificat­ion for such severe measures.

The row came after the island implemente­d new requiremen­ts under the terms of the UK-European Union trade deal for boats to submit evidence of their past fishing activities in order to receive a licence to carry on operating in Jersey waters.

A UK Government spokesman said yesterday: “To threaten Jersey like this is clearly unacceptab­le and disproport­ionate.

“We are working closely with the EU and Jersey on fisheries access provisions, following the end of the transition period, so trust the French will use the mechanisms of our new treaty to solve problems.”

Mr Gorst told BBC Radio 4: “This is not the first threat that the French have made to either Jersey or the United Kingdom since we are into this new deal.

“It would seem disproport­ionate to cut off electricit­y for the sake of needing to provide extra details so that we can refine the licences.”

Yesterday, Mr Gorst held talks with Marc Lefevre, the president of the La Manche region of France, on the “difficult set of issues relating to fishing licences”.

He added: “There are a number of important matters which we will continue to work through.”

Jersey receives 95% of its electricit­y from France through three undersea cables.

Ms Girardin told the French parliament that it gave Paris the “means” to act against the island if the issue could not be resolved. “Even though I am sorry that it has come to this, we will do so if we have to,” she said.

Mr Gorst, however, said the island was not seeking to bar boats which had historical­ly fished in Jersey waters and insisted the dispute could be resolved amicably. He said that of the 41 boats which sought licences under the new rules last Friday, all but 17 had provided the evidence required.

“The trade deal is clear but I think there has been some confusion about how it needs to be implemente­d, because we absolutely respect the historic rights of French fishermen to fish in Jersey waters as they have been doing for centuries,” he said.

“I do think a solution can be found. I am optimistic that we can provide extra time to allow this evidence to be provided.” He said the Jersey government was now seeking permission from London and Brussels to speak directly with the French fishermen concerned to resolve the issue.

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Butch Dill/Associated Press Fire Department rescue personnel in Homewood, Alabama, struggle past flooded cars to reach residents of an apartment complex on Tuesday evening, after relentless wind and rain struck several southern states in the United States

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