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Charles III visit to France postponed after violent protests

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Charles III visit to France postponed after violent protests
Britain's King Charles III and Britain's Camilla, Queen Consort, had been due to arrive in France on Sunday. Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP

Amid ongoing protests and violent disturbances in the cities, the French government has announced that the state visit of Britain's King Charles III has been postponed.

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The Elysée said in a statement that the decision was made after a call between President Emmanuel Macron and the king on Friday morning.

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

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

The British Embassy in Paris added that: "This decision was taken with the agreement of all parties, after the French President asked the British government to postpone the visit."

France has seen weeks of increasingly violence protests over government plans for pension reform, with Thursday night marked by violent clashes between police and protesters in Paris, Bordeaux and Rennes.

The monarch had been due to arrive in Paris on Sunday, spending three days in France including a trip to Bordeaux by train, before travelling onwards to Germany in his first state visit since ascending the throne in 2022.

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