The state visit of King Charles to France has been rescheduled due to the eruption of protests against the French government's contentious pension reform plans.
The British monarch and Queen Consort were set to travel to France on Sunday for a visit to Paris and Bordeaux. However, following violent demonstrations on Thursday, the decision was made to postpone the trip.
Protesters dissatisfied with the proposed pension reforms clashed with police during a nationwide strike on Thursday, resulting in violence in Paris and other regional capitals. According to CNN affiliate BFMTV, demonstrators in Bordeaux ignited the city hall entrance during confrontations with law enforcement.
The élysée Palace declared in a statement on Friday, "In view of yesterday's announcement of a new national day of action against pension reform on Tuesday, March 28 in France, the visit of King Charles III, originally scheduled for March 26-29 in our country, will be postponed."
The statement also mentioned that this resolution was reached after a phone conversation between the French President and the King, saying, "This decision was taken by the French and British governments... in order to be able to welcome His Majesty King Charles III in conditions that correspond to our friendly relationship. This state visit will be rescheduled as soon as possible."
Buckingham Palace corroborated the postponement on Friday morning, with a spokesperson informing CNN, "The King and The Queen Consort's State Visit to France has been postponed. Their Majesties greatly look forward to the opportunity to visit France as soon as dates can be found."
A UK government spokesperson also verified that the King would not be traveling to France next week, stating that "this decision was taken with the consent of all parties, after the President of France asked the British Government to postpone the visit."