March 24, 2023

Royals

King Charles's visit to France delayed due to protests

King Charles postponed his planned visit to France due to excessive protests

By Jean Valjean March 24, 2023

King Charles's visit to France delayed due to protests

Due to continuous demonstrations against pension reform, King Charles III's scheduled trip to France beginning on Sunday has been postponed, according to the French presidency.

"Given the announcement yesterday of another national day of protests against pension reform on Tuesday, March 28, the visit of Charles III, initially scheduled from 26-28 March, has been postponed," a statement said.

Charles was scheduled to arrive on Sunday evening with the Queen Consort Camilla, spend a day in Paris on Monday, and then fly to Bordeaux in the southwest on Tuesday.

It was scheduled to be his first official journey abroad since taking the throne last September.

Charles was slated to visit Germany on Wednesday after France.

The choice was made, according to the French presidency, during a phone call on Friday morning between President Emmanuel Macron and the king.

The finding was "in order to be able to welcome His Majesty King III in conditions which reflect our friendly relations."

"This state visit will be reorganized as soon as possible," the statement added.

In a significant uptick in the unrest, 457 people were detained and 441 members of the security forces were hurt on Thursday during widespread demonstrations against the pensions reform.

Charles and Camilla were scheduled to arrive in Bordeaux on Tuesday, and their tentative itinerary included a visit to the municipal hall. But, trade unions declared another wave of strikes for that day.

On Thursday, the building's entryway was burned down.