France is optimistic the EU will strike a Brexit trade deal with Britain


FRANCE is optimistic the EU will strike a trade deal with Britain.

Officials are dropping their sabre-rattling as talks come to le crunch.

Emmanuel Macron has not made Brexit negotiations easy

French Europe minister Clement Beaune struck a peacemaking tone on fishing — the sticking point for his president Emmanuel Macron.

Mr Beaune told the BBC’s Andrew Marr: “We know if there’s no deal, there would be no access legally to British waters for our fishermen. It’s also why we’d like a deal.”

He added: “I think an agreement is possible. We have a few more days to find a solution. 

“I hope we can reach it in the coming days or two weeks.”

Talks resumed after PM Boris Johnson walked away from negotiations.

Mr Beaune said a deal is “equally important for both of us” adding: “I’m cautiously optimistic.”

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