06 August 1999
French block beef bound for Greece

THE French government is blocking plans for Britain to transport beef destined for Belgium and Greece through its territory, claims The Times.

The government and Meat and Livestock Commission have protested against the action because beef must now be taken around northern Europe to those destinations.

News of the blockade comes shortly after it emerged that France and Germany would defy the European Union decision to lift the ban on British beef exports.

Belgium, Greece, Luxembourg, Denmark, Austria, Spain, Ireland, Sweden, Finland and Portugal are all willing now to receive exports.

The French and German attitude to British beef exports is described as “pure, unadulterated protectionism” by one letter-writer to the Financial Times