King Charles postpones state visit to France amid pension reform turmoil – National

King Charles postpones state visit to France amid pension reform turmoil – National

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King Charles III’s state visit to France has been postponed indefinitely amid widespread protests over President Emmanuel Macron’s pension reforms, placing a damper on the brand new monarch’s debut on the worldwide stage.

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Charles and his spouse, Camilla, will nonetheless journey to Germany on Wednesday in what was scheduled to be the second leg of his first abroad journey since ascending the throne in September.

The unique six-day visit to France and Germany, the 2 greatest international locations within the European Union, was designed to spotlight efforts to rebuild relations between Britain and its neighbors after six years of squabbling over Brexit. However the prospect of Charles being confronted by protesters and piles of rubbish within the streets of Paris pressured officers in France and Britain to rethink their plans.

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“The king and queen consort’s state visit to France has been postponed,” British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s workplace stated in a press release. “This determination was taken with the consent of all events, after the president of France requested the British authorities to postpone the visit.”

Buckingham Palace stated one other date could be discovered.

“Their Majesties vastly look ahead to the chance to visit France as quickly as dates may be discovered,” the palace stated in a press release.

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French labor unions have known as for a day of nationwide protests and strikes on Tuesday in protest at Macron’s proposal to increase the retirement age from 62 to 64. That’s the day when the king had been due to journey to the western metropolis of Bordeaux, with a lot ceremony and the excessive ranges of safety, and the protests would have difficult his journey.

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Charles and Camilla will now begin their first state visit on Wednesday in Germany, the place they are going to be welcomed with navy honors by President Frank-Walter Steinmeier at Berlin’s landmark Brandenburg Gate.

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On Thursday, the British king is ready to give a speech to the Bundestag, meet German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and discuss to Ukrainian refugees and navy.

He goes to Hamburg on Friday, the place he’ll visit the Kindertransport memorial for Jewish youngsters who fled from Germany to Britain throughout the Third Reich, and attend a inexperienced vitality occasion earlier than returning to the UK within the night.

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