France and the United Kingdom decided this Friday postpone the visit of King Carlos III originally scheduled to start on Sunday, at current protests against pension reform of the liberal president Emmanuel Macronannounced the French presidency.
“The French and British governments, following a telephone conversation between the President and the King this morning, They made this decision to welcome His Majesty King Carlos III under the conditions that correspond to our friendship relationship”, reads a statement from the Élysée.
The British sovereign planned to start his first trip abroad since his accession to the throne. On Monday she was scheduled to participate in a tribute at the Arc de Triomphe and a dinner at the Palace of Versailles, before traveling to Bordeaux (southwest) on Tuesday.
However, the call for a new mobilization on Tuesday against the pension reform at the request of the unions forced London and Paris to postpone the visit to a date yet to be confirmed, especially when the latest protests degenerated into riots.
The British government had affirmed on Thursday “not being aware of any change of plans” in the visit, despite the fact that the threat of disturbances and union protest actions weighed on it, especially during its stage in Bordeaux.
Macron has faced strong opposition since January to his plan to delay the retirement age from 62 to 64 by 2030 and to bring forward to 2027 the requirement to contribute 43 years, instead of 42, to collect a full pension.
The adoption of this law by decree and Macron’s inflexibility radicalized the protests. The leader of the CFDT union, Laurent Berger, proposed to him this Friday to “pause” his plan to start a negotiation that would allow him to get out of the crisis.
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