France postpones King Charles' state visit over pension riots

France postpones King Charles
# 25 March 2023 00:38 (UTC +04:00)

Paris has postponed a state visit by British King Charles III while riots against government attacks on pension rights continue for the 10th day. APA reports citing Sputnik.

French President Emmanuel Macron's office said: "we would not be sensible and would lack common sense," to let the visit go ahead amid nationwide strikes and protests demanding his resignation.

A statement from Buckingham Palace on Friday said the three-day visit by Charles and Camilla, the Queen Consort, had been postponed due to the "situation in France".

"Their Majesties greatly look forward to the opportunity to visit France as soon as dates can be found," it added.

Downing Street said the decision had been "taken with the consent of all parties."

"As we have considerable friendship, respect and esteem for His Majesty and the Queen Consort and the British people, I took the initiative this morning to call [the King] and explain the situation... Common sense and friendship led us to suggest a postponement," Macron said on Thursday evening at the close of a European Union summit in the Belgian capital Brussels.

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