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London-based French journalist Marie Le Conte shared a clip of the interview on the social media platform, where Britons were introduced to Tomy’s scallops and ‘mussels.’
In the segment, Tomy explained he has to be shirtless because he spends most of his time picking oysters, mussels and scallops, with water up to his shoulders.
Newfound fishing fans were quick to comment on the fisherman’s good looks, with some joking they would not mind if he fished in their waters, in cheeky reference to the current Brexit talks.
Frenchman Tomy, who fishes scallops sustainably, sent hearts racing after he appeared shirtless on national TV during public service channel France 2’s lunchtime news
‘Feel like a lot of you could do with this video of a beautiful topless French man lovingly talking about the seafood he sustainably catches by hand,’ Le Conte wrote on Twitter, re-tweeting France 2’s video.
The segment first aired during the channel’s lunchtime news programme before it was shared online.
It started with a shirtless Tomy hauling boxes filled with fresh scallops, explaining he had hand-picked them.
When asked how he could be shirtless at 8am, working in a warehouse when it was 8 degrees celsius outside, Tomy shrugged and said, in French: ‘Well I don’t really have a choice, I spend most of the day arms in the water, up to the shoulders.’
The fisherman explained that he dives to hand pick all the seafood he sells, such as oysters and mussels
The sustainable fisherman explained he dives with an oxygen tank to select the scallops he wants, without using nets or other mass-fishing instruments, in order to be more sustainable.
But Twitter user who stumbled on Tomy’s good looks were more interested in his attire – or lack thereof – than his message.
‘I feel like my timeline is always much improved by beautiful, topless French fishermen,’ another wrote.
‘Excusez moi while I single handedly revive the people’s vote,’ one joked.
Scallops and mussels! Tomy explained he has to work topless because he spend most of his day up to his shoulders in water while fishing
‘He can fish in my waters,’ one said, in reference to the current talks between Prime Minister Boris Johnson and the European Union ahead of Brexit regarding fishing right.
‘Is he in the ongoing negotiations?’ one asked of Tomy the fisherman.
‘Does he explain why he doesn’t wear a top? I’m not complaining, just curious,’ one asked.
Newfound fishing enthusiasts were quick to comment on the Frenchman’s good looks, cracking jokes about the EU Brexit deal negotiations which are currently still ungoing
One person replied: ‘If you encourage him to consider the question, he might put a top on. This would be a net loss. (That wasn’t even meant to be a pun. I’m distracted.)’
‘My wife has suddenly become interested in sustainable French fishing,’ one husband joked.
‘I didn’t know that I needed a beautiful topless French fisherman, but here we are. Thank you for your service,’ said another.
‘Bonjour, je viens pêcher des coquilles avec vous,’ one said in French, meaning ‘Hello, I’m coming to fish scallops with you.’
The issue of fishing that is holding back the Brexit deal with the EU
Brexit negotiators are making a ‘final push’ for a deal today as they close in on a compromise over the sensitive issue of fishing in UK waters, with reports suggesting that they could be down to catches worth £60million.
To put that figure into context, it is considerably less than the £89million that took midfielder Paul Pogba from Juventus to Manchester United in 2016, which remains the record transfer for a player moving to the top flight in England.
With little more than a week to go until the end of the transition period, Cabinet minister Robert Jenrick said he is ‘reasonably optimistic’ that a late deal will be agreed.
Government sources confirmed last night that Boris Johnson has established a ‘hotline’ to European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen as the two sides try to thrash out a deal before Christmas.
The pair are understood to have held regular secret phone calls in the last 48 hours.
Mrs von der Leyen is also said to have established back channels to German Chancellor Angela Merkel – the EU’s powerbroker – and French President Emmanuel Macron, who is seen in Downing Street as the main obstacle to a deal.
Diplomatic sources said the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier had not even been aware of the content of secret talks between the Prime Minister and Mrs von der Leyen on Monday night – suggesting he is becoming increasingly sidelined in the final days of negotiations.
London wants to reduce EU fishing fleets’ share of the estimated 650-million-euro annual haul by more than a third, with changes phased in over three years.
The EU, in particular countries with northern fishing fleets like France, Denmark and the Netherlands – are insisting on 25 percent over at least six years.
In a bid to break the deadlock, the Prime Minister’s chief negotiator David Frost has tabled a new offer on fishing that would allow EU trawlers to keep more of the fish they currently catch in UK waters.