Fears Charles and Camilla could be caught in Paris riots – Palace ‘monitoring’ situation


Violence has erupted on the streets of Paris in protest at controversial pension reforms being pushed through by Emmanuel Macron.

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The Palace are monitoring the situation in Paris ahead of the visit of the King and Queen Consort (Image: GETTY)

So far, there has been no suggestion the visit will be cancelled.

However, sources have told the MailOnline that Buckingham Palace is keeping a “close eye on the situation”.

An insider told the publication Royal Family aides will be taking advice from the UK Foreign Office and French authorities.

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Violence has erupted on the streets of Paris over recent days (Image: GETTY)

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Protesters have reacted furious to the planned pension reforms from Emmanuel Macron’s Government (Image: GETTY)

In terms of the programme for the couple’s visit, they said nothing has yet changed but it remains possible there may be an “impact on logistics”.

The four-day visit from the King and Queen Consort is aimed at celebrating the relationship between the UK and France.

Mr Macron will be on hand to offer a warm welcome to the couple, with a glittering state banquet at the Chateau de Versailles also scheduled to take place.

The King and Queen Consort will take part in several engagements, including a trip to the Arc de Triomphe in central Paris, where they will join the President and his wife in a wreath-laying ceremony.

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King Charles and the Queen Consort are scheduled to visit Paris next Sunday (Image: GETTY)

But there is also a risk of this attracting protesters still furious at the French President over his pension reforms.

In addition, Brigitte Macron and the Queen Consort will officially open a new exhibition at the Musee d’Orsay.

King Charles will also make history by being the first British monarch to address the French senate as part of a new post-Brexit charm offensive.

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Brigitte Macron with her husband Emmanuel Macron (Image: GETTY)

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Emmanuel Macron’s Government survived two no-confidence votes on Monday (Image: GETTY)

Footage shared online shows police deploying tear gas and hitting protesters with batons during demonstrations near the Place Vauban in Paris on Monday evening.

More than 101 people have been arrested during the protests in the capital, according to a police source, as reported by French news broadcaster BMF TV.

Around 2,000 law enforcement agencies have been deployed on the ground.

Earlier today, Mr Macron’s Government survived two no-confidence votes in the lower chamber of parliament that had been proposed in opposition to raise the retirement age from 62 to 64.

One was from the far-right National Rally and the second – a more threatening one from a small centrist group – that gathered support across the left.

The first motion from the centrists garnered 278 votes, falling just nine votes short of the 287 needed to pass, while the far-right initiative won just 94 votes.

Defeat from both votes by the opposition aimed at stopping the hugely-contested pension reforms in their tracks mean the associated bill has effectively been adopted.


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