Disputes: Fishing for A Fight

Fishing for A Fight

When four French officials and 17 sailors set off two weeks ago into rough Newfoundland seas aboard the trawler Croix de Lorraine, they hooked some trouble. The crew was arrested for illegally fishing in Canadian waters, and clapped in jail for 48 hours. Last week Paris recalled its Ambassador to Canada for "consultations," and passport and customs officials delayed Canadian visitors for hours at French airports.

The feuding was over the right to fish for cod in a 33,170-sq.-mi. triangle of the Atlantic that includes the French-owned islands of St. Pierre and Miquelon off Canada's coast. France claims a 200-mile economic...

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