The uproar over Floyd’s death has spread to other parts of the world, including France, where hundreds have challenged a police ban on demonstrations near the US Embassy in Paris on Saturday.
Le Drian, from the coastal region of Brittany, also reiterated France’s determination to defend access to British waters for French fishermen during discussions on Britain’s future relations with the European Union.
Fishing has been one of the thorniest issues in the slow negotiations to establish new ties between Britain and the EU since Britain’s exit from the Union earlier this year.
“There is a major issue: the access of our fishermen to British waters in conditions as close as possible to existing waters,” said Le Drian.
“And I can assure you that I will make sure that London guarantees them the visibility, the continuity of technical standards and the access they need.” “