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French blockade hits travellers

Aerial footage of blockade queues on the M20 in Kent

Ferry services from Dover have resumed after French fisherman decided to call off their blockades in Calais and Dunkirk.

They started their campaign in protest over EU imposed fishing quotas on Tuesday.

The blockade had been lifted overnight but there had been fears it would be reimposed.

But at around 7.30am UK time, P&O Ferries said that the fishermen had decided to end their protest.

As a result, thousands of holidaymakers and hauliers trying to cross the Channel on ferries from Dover were stranded.

Jo Tanner, from the Freight Transport Association, said: "Anything like this incredibly frustrating because there is absolutely nothing you can do about it.

"We've all been stuck in traffic jams but this is something that is totally beyond our control."

P&O and SeaFrance ferries have resumed and Norfolkline is also in operation.

French Fisheries Minister Michel Barnier has reportedly offered four million euros in aid to fishermen in the north of France, but has rejected demands to increase fishing quotas.



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