Normandy Jersey market suffers from low visitor numbers amid Covid, canceled ferries and fishing line

French traders who operate the Norman market in St Helier say turnout has been lower than expected this year.

They accuse a mix of Brexit, coronavirus and the fishing line between France and Jersey.

ITV TV channel saw Islander comments on Facebook, calling on others to boycott the market “in solidarity” with Jersey fishermen.

One of them said: “Sorry, to support our fisherman, they won’t have my custom!” ”

The market has seen fewer visitors this year. Credit: ITV TV channel

Another wrote: “Send them to Guernsey, they will be more welcome there!” ”

Someone else said, “Everyone should boycott him after the fishing license stuffing.

The market began two days after hundreds of Jersey fishermen staged a protest in Place Royale, angry at the government’s decision to grant no more post-Brexit permits for the French.

The annual Norman Market gives Jerseyers the opportunity to buy and try traditional French dishes.

The weeklong event began on December 12, a day later than expected due to the cancellation of some of its Condor crossings from Saint-Malo.

Additionally, some traders have decided not to do so due to the new paperwork required now that the UK has left the EU.

The organizers of the Maison de la Normandie hope that tensions between France and Jersey over fishing will be quickly resolved, stressing that “we are still neighbors and there is so much we can do together”.

A social media user added: “I hope we can welcome them soon. Whatever happens politically, it has nothing to do with them.”

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