By James Franey In Boulogne-sur-mer For The Daily Mail
Published: 22:08 GMT, 1 November 2020 | Updated: 23:46 GMT, 1 November 2020
French fishermen have heaped pressure on both sides to get a Brexit deal done by warning of possible blockades of British products at the port of Calais.
Britain wants to negotiate fishing stocks every year but avoid tariffs and quotas on its goods.
President Emmanuel Macron and his government have been on a charm offensive across northern French coastal towns, publicly adopting Theresa May's 'No Deal is better than a bad one' mantra.
But he was forced into an embarrassing climbdown after an EU summit more than two weeks ago by admitting a 'hard Brexit' would completely cut off French trawlers from British waters.
Christophe Hagnere, a regional organiser for the seafood industry in the port of Boulogne-sur-Mer for the Confederation Generale du Travail (CGT) union, said the two sides must broker an acceptable compromise.
President Emmanuel Macron (pictured this week) and his government have been on a charm offensive across northern French coastal towns, publicly adopting Theresa May's 'No Deal is better than a bad one' mantra
'If we see that companies are at risk of having to shut their doors, then there will be demonstrations. There will be a blockade of British products,' he said.
The CGT has 600,000 members nationwide and is historically linked to France's Communist Party.
Fishermen in Boulogne catch as many as 80 per cent of their fish in British waters. No Deal would decimate this small city of just 42,000.
It is France's main fishing hub, just 40 minutes by boat from the maritime border with Britain. More than 30,000 tons are landed there each year. It is also home to Europe's