It is reported that French fishermen have been attacking English fishing boats in scallop fishing grounds off the coast of Normandy in which the British but not the French are permitted to fish … Yes, really.
The French have always been a pain,
Historically and now again,
Because they take exception to,
The rules that they should obey too.
The farmers often start the fight,
On anything they think’s not right,
Or anything they just don’t like,
And sometimes they can go on strike.
They get their tractors from their byres,
Block all the roads with burning tyres,
And generally are such a pain,
Until they all go home again.
But this time on it’s scallops, right?
That make the fishing Frenchmen fight,
And they attacked the English fleet,
Collecting scallops for to eat.
For reasons that are none too clear,
The English boats can fish round here,
Whereas French skipper, crew and mate,
Must wait until some later date.
And there, it seems, the problem lies:
French fishermen one may surmise,
Unhappy that they cannot fish,
Just anywhere that they might wish,
Think that it really is all right,
To start a fish-related fight.
But if they start this derring-do,
They’ll bite off more than they can chew,
Because the Royal Navy may,
Step in and take part in the fray.
The French have got a fleet as well,
It’s waterproof as one can tell,
But really, if one fun can poke,
Compared to ours it’s just a joke.
But back to fish, the French must know,
They really have the line to toe,
And so they’ll have to sit and watch,
The English boats their scallops catch.