Cancelled six months earlier due to protests against pension reform, King Charles III's first state visit to France finally took place on Wednesday. A meticulously orchestrated official visit, during which the British monarch has already visited the foot of the Arc de Triomphe, the Champs-Élysées and the Senate.
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Emmanuel Macron's welcome to the King of England is viewed positively by a majority of French people (62%), according to an Odoxa-Backbone Consulting poll for Le Figaro. But, the pomp of the dinner concocted by starred chefs this Wednesday at the Palace of Versailles in honor of the royal couple is the subject of more criticism. 51% of respondents disapprove of the reception held in the Hall of Mirrors.
The pope popular with three-quarters of the French
Disapproval is stronger among supporters of La France insoumise (65%) and the National Rally (64%). The more moderate socialist supporters are 50% dissatisfied while they are only 44% among the Greens. The latter are also more enthusiastic about the royal feast than those close to the Republicans who concentrate 54% of favorable opinion. Unsurprisingly, the figure explodes among Macronists to 74%. The royal stay coincided with the first anniversary of Charles III's reign. If the monarch is far from competing with the popularity records of his late mother Elizabeth II in France (85%), he manages to collect 62% of good opinion from the French. Note that the figure falls to 51% among LFI supporters but rises to 71% on the LR side.
The popularity of the British king is nevertheless outpaced by that of another personality expected in France this Friday. Pope Francis, who will visit Marseille for two days, receives 75% of favorable opinion among the French, right and left. Praised by LR sympathizers (93%), Francis even seduces the left, historically more hostile to the Church. The sovereign pontiff is appreciated by 68% of those close to the PS, 70% of the Insoumise and 82% of the ecologists.