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UK, French in talks to prevent more scallop clashes

LONDON — British and French officials and fishing industry representatives are meeting in London to try and prevent further conflicts over scallop fishing.

The talks follow an incident last week in which French and British fishermen angrily bumped boats over access to fisheries off the French coast.

About 35 French boats confronted five British ones, sometimes banging hulls, in international waters during the incident.

British Fisheries Minister George Eustice said the goal of the Wednesday talks is to reach a new agreement that would prevent more confrontations.

An agreement reached in 2013 has broken down, leading to the clashes.