France and the United Kingdom decided this Friday
to postpone the
visit of King Carlos III initially scheduled for Sunday, due to the current protests against the pension reform of the liberal president Emmanuel Macron, the French presidency announced.
French and British governments (...) made this decision
to welcome His Majesty King Charles III under the conditions that correspond to our friendly relationship," reads a statement from the Élysée, without specifying any new date for the visit.
"The French and British governments (...) made this decision," says an official statement from the Élysée.
King Carlos III and Queen Camilla, his wife, had chosen France as their first state visit, when the country is in a situation of rebellion due to the protests.
They were going to arrive on Sunday and the French government was showing concern for the safety of their movements and especially for a trip by TGV train to Bordeaux, another city in turmoil.
Streets where garbage is piled up were waiting for the king.
He had planned to sleep in the British embassy, next to the Elysee Palace.
He also planned to travel for his
40 servants and administrative staff
A group of British security forces would also be with him, although it was not known if they would carry weapons.
The visit was also to feature a state dinner for the King and Queen Camilla
at the Palace of Versailles
Just when France is preparing to opt for a general strike to force the government to negotiate, to a referendum or to withdraw the pension project that raises the retirement age to 64 years.
Clarín writing with information from AFP
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