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"We could expect it": Bordeaux disappointed not to be able to welcome King Charles III


The visit of the royal couple has been postponed at the request of Emmanuel Macron in view of the social context linked to the pension reform. The day before the announcement, the doors of the Bordeaux city hall were set on fire.

Le Figaro Bordeaux

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The sleeping beauty woke up feeling a double jeopardy this Friday.

While the doors of his town hall were set on fire by opponents of the pension reform on Thursday evening, the announcement fell like a cleaver this Friday morning.

The visit of King Charles III, who was due to travel to the former Duchy of Aquitaine with Queen Camilla on April 28, has been canceled until further notice.

The postponement of Charles III's visit to France was done at Macron's request, according to Downing Street.

We could have expected it when we saw the direction it was taking in the street

”, sighs Camille Meyrou, employee at Château Smith Haut Lafitte.

The sovereign was to visit the vineyard, classified as an exceptional grand cru since 1942. After much scouting by Buckingham Palace, numerous contacts with the two embassies, discussions with intelligence and an interview with the king's private secretary, the teams from the chosen estate had were thrilled at the idea of ​​this royal visit.

We are a little sad

”, confides to


Florence Cathiard.


You have to see the glass half full, as my husband says

: the castle has never been so beautiful and flowery

", consoles the co-owner of the place.

I didn't even dare to give the exact location of the shop where we were to receive the king because I was afraid that demonstrators would burn it down.

Angèle Baillardran, House of canelés Baillardran

Started in January and officially confirmed in February, the couple's historic visit had been prepared in less than six months.

Angèle Baillardran, who practiced bowing for the occasion, is not offended by this postponement.

Too bad if we have to wait and hope a little longer to see His Majesty savor the canelés of his famous house.


It's a security measure that I think is quite appropriate.

I didn't even dare to give the exact location of the shop where we were to receive the king because I was afraid that demonstrators would burn it down.

This vandalism is terrible

, ”said the one who had promised to serve her tea “

French style

” to the crowned head.

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At the town hall of Bordeaux, exit also the red carpet, the coffee, the snack and the reception in small committee of the monarchs with 200 handpicked guests, 150 children and the social orchestra Demos.

Pierre Hurmic, who had planned to welcome the head of state and his wife with republican respect, without kissing the hand or bowing, expressed the "


" of Bordeaux and its inhabitants.

The city councilor who was preparing to receive "

in all sobriety

" a renowned environmentalist whose he admires "

the sincerity and the seniority of the commitment

", assured "

to regret that our country was not able to host this first state visit by the King


The mayor also ensures that the people of Bordeaux will be happy that this trip to Gironde lands is rescheduled.

Charles III, who already distinguished himself in 1970, twenty years before the first IPCC report, with a great speech denouncing "

a growing threat of pollution

", had planned to cast his blue gaze on the forests ravaged by the fires of the 'last summer.

A request finally hampered by another fire start.

Source: lefigaro

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