French police: Technical incident under Channel Tunnel affected Dover operations

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PARIS (Reuters) - The local French police body handling the northern France area around the Channel Tunnel said on Friday that problems with traffic coming over from Dover had been caused by an "unexpected technical incident" under the Channel Tunnel.

The police added that they would work closely with their British counterparts to ensure traffic flows as smoothly as possible in the coming days.

The Port of Dover, Britain's main gateway to Europe, had declared a "critical incident" on Friday over long delays, blaming French authorities for causing a bottleneck as holidaymakers look to get away for their summer breaks.

(Reporting by Sudip Kar-Gupta; Editing by Hugh Lawson)

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