Reacting to what is understood to be a boycott of imported fish, including from Scotland, among some large French retailers at the behest of a small section of the country’s fleet, Elspeth Macdonald, chief executive of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation, said:

“This is deeply regrettable at a time when markets have been devastated due to the Covid-19 pandemic and we need to be encouraging rather than restricting their operation.

“We are pressing the case with the UK and Scottish governments and have been in touch with the French embassy. Hopefully common sense will prevail and this discriminatory practice can be brought to an end swiftly.”