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Fears for King and Queen Consort’s first state visit as violent protests continue

France could protest a plan to increase the retirement age, disrupting the first state visit of King Edward VII.

Unions called for more demonstrations in conjunction with Sunday’s visit of the King to Paris by Queen Consort.

According to local reports, a banquet held at the Palace of Versailles by President Emmanuel Macron could be moved or cancelled.

Image: Protesters fight at the end in Paris. Pic by AP
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The logistics of the trip have been reviewed for several days because of large protests in France.


Security concerns may mean that the royals’ contact is diminished with the public and the impact of their visit could be diminished.

Huge amounts of trash left uncollected on the streets in Paris could be an embarrassment for Mr Macron or city officials.

CGT union stated this week that members of the institution that supplies red carpets, furniture, and flags to public buildings would not attend Sunday’s King’s reception.

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The president’s office stated that other workers would make arrangements.

The royals will be staying in France from 29 March to the 29th. They will also visit the Bordeaux region, where Thursday’s protests set fire to the doors of the town hall.

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Bordeaux town hall set ablaze

Gerald Darmanin, Interior Minister, stated that there is no security problem for King’s visit to the country and that he will be “welcomed well.”

After a record turnout in Paris, the unions announced action at the weekend against the bill to raise the retirement age to 64 from 62.

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According to authorities, 119,000 people were present – this is the largest demonstration in the capital during the current wave.

Most of the protestors were peaceful. However, police used tear gas to disperse those who tried to throw petrol bombs, fireworks and other objects at them.

Two fast food restaurants, a grocery store and a bank were all attacked.

More than a million French citizens are believed to have marched after Macron passed the law in France without any vote.

There were also violent incidents in Lyon, Nantes and Rennes as a result of protests.

The courtyard of a police station in Lorient was set on fire and windows were smashed. An administrative building was also attacked.

Travel disruptions caused by the pension changes were also caused by strikes. Protests blocked major cities roads and train stations as well as ports and Paris’s Charles de Gaulle Airport.


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