King Charles III’s Visit To France Has Been Postponed.
12:29 PM WAT, Fri March 24, 2023
King Charles III's state visit to France has been postponed, as the nation faces further protests over pension reforms.
This was revealed by the France's Elysée Palace, stressing that the decision was taken because of the protests planned for his official visit, Tuesday.
"This decision was taken by the French and British governments, and after a phone call between the French president and the King this morning" the Elysée said.
"So that his majesty will be welcomed in conditions which correspond our friendly relationship... this state visit will be rescheduled as soon as possible."
The trip to Paris and Bordeaux was due to begin on Sunday, but both cities saw some of the worst violence in recent days, since the protests began in January.
Officials had earlier insisted there were no known threats to the trip, with the entrance to the town hall in Bordeaux was set alight, as the Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin, said 903 fires were lit, in a city where refuse has been left uncollected since 6 March.