Charles III in France: what impact of the strike against the pension reform on the king’s visit?

David Montagne
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3:16 p.m., March 23, 2023

King Charles III is due to land in Paris this Sunday for a three-day visit to France with Queen Consort Camilla. A coming which requires an important security device, in the capital as well as in Bordeaux where it is expected because of the mobilization against the pension reform. Back to the underside of a state visit placed under high surveillance.

It is a visit under close surveillance but which falls badly in the heart of the social crisis which is hitting France. Almost daily demonstrations are taking place across the country to protest against the pension reform. The arrival of Charles III is an additional difficulty for the executive: it is necessary to ensure the safety of the new king of England.

The agenda is however full during these three days, with many trips. In Paris first, Charles III will gather at the Arc de Triomphe, then he will address the Senate, where a security perimeter will be held and the presence of the police will be reinforced.

The State dinner relocated to the Élysée?

In total, 100% of the staff of the public order and traffic department will be mobilized. It is therefore difficult, in this context, to predict crowds. The other source of concern for the authorities is the State dinner which is to take place at the Palace of Versailles. Fallback solutions are being studied by the Elysée for questions of security, but also of symbolism.

Charles III will then go to Bordeaux by TGV. A high-risk trip that involves many challenges, since it is necessary to secure the entire route, walkways, bridges, etc. The prefect of police of Paris, Laurent Nuñez, says for his part very serene. On the side of Buckingham Palace in London, we still keep a worried eye on this visit.

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