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French Tuna Fishermen Block Ports In Protest

French tuna fishermen have blocked ports and disrupted maritime traffic in the Mediterranean port of Marseille to protest new European fishing rules.

The Marseille port authority says a cruise ship and two car ferries have been diverted to Toulon because they couldn’t enter Marseille’s harbor.

The Mediterranean tuna fishermen’s union says ports are blocked in Marseille and La Ciotat on the southern French coast and Ajaccio and Bastia on the island of Corsica.

They are protesting proposed EU measures aimed at protecting fish stocks that would require greater monitoring of small fishing boats.