King Charles III's European state visit hits French hurdle


A state visit to France by Britain's King Charles the third has been postponed indefinitely amid widespread protests over president Emmanuel Macron's pension reforms. The move puts a damper on the new monarch's appearance on the international stage, Charles will still travel to Germany on Wednesday in what was scheduled to be the second leg of his first overseas trip since ascending the throne in September. The original 6 day visit to France and Germany, the two biggest countries in the EU was designed to highlight efforts to rebuild relations between Britain and its neighbors after 6 years of squabbling over Brexit by the prospect of Charles being confronted by protesters and piles of garbage in the streets of Paris, has forced officials in France and Germany to rethink their plans. Charles De Ledesma, London

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