Emmanuel Macron told King Charles not to come when ‘guillotine’ graffiti popped up

The terse announcement came on Friday morning from Élysée Palace: President Macron and King Charles had spoken on the phone and Macron told Charles not to come to France, that the fiery protests would be a huge security risk and terrible optics. It’s a shame, because Charles really wanted to visit Paris, the city where his ex-wife died, as the first state visit of his reign. Originally, Charles was supposed to arrive today, Sunday, in Paris and spend several days doing big, public events. He was also supposed to have a big state dinner in Versailles. But the French people and French unions are staging massive protests and setting things on fire, so here we are.

What’s particularly “interesting” is watching the British media try to make it all about Macron and not King Charles. While Macron is historically unpopular, no doubt, and he’s the one raising the French retirement age, a big reason why Macron canceled Charles’s visit is because the French protesters were turning their ire on Charles.

The King’s state visit to France was postponed amid increasingly violent protests in Paris, with graffiti daubed on a wall reading: “Charles III do you know the guillotine?” The decision to abandon the tour at the eleventh hour was taken by the French and British governments “after a telephone exchange” between President Emmanuel Macron and the King on Friday morning.

Mr Macron asked for the visit to be postponed as the prospect of him dining alongside the royals at a lavish banquet while his country burned became increasingly untenable. The state banquet was due to take place at the Palace of Versailles but Élysée sources had concerns over its links to the revolt against Louis XVI, who was beheaded.

Mr Macron said “common sense and friendship” led to the “detestable” decision to postpone the King’s visit to France. He told a press conference in French: “I think it would not be responsible and would lack some common sense if we invited His Majesty the King and the Queen Consort for a state visit in the midst of the demonstrations. So, out of friendship, respect and esteem for His Majesty the King and Queen Consort, and for the British people, I took the initiative this morning to call and tell him what the situation was. Common sense and friendship led us to propose a postponement, which was detestable for the British people and for us.”

Mr Macron suggested that the new date for the King’s visit to France would be in the “early summer”. He said “We have proposed that, in early summer, depending on our respective agendas, we can together arrange a new state visit.” He said it should be under conditions that would allow the monarch to “enjoy France”.

[From The Telegraph]

Yeah – the guillotine references were enough to make Charles sh-t himself. Nevermind the fact that French union bosses were name-checking him and making very specific plans to demonstrate around his visit. Royal historian Tessa Dunlop said much the same thing – that this was canceled mostly due to “terrible optics”: “The last thing the French President needed was another security hazard, especially in the form of a 74-year-old working King from a country where the retirement age has already been raised to a hardcore 68 for future generations.” LOL. Dunlop also name-checked Prince Harry: “As for Charles, after a turbulent first few months as monarch thanks to Prince Harry’s verbal protests and a few frenzied egg throwers in Britain, he was not in the market for a French upgrade to tear gas, water cannon and cobblestones. But the trip’s postponement is a blow for the new King.” “Frenzied egg-throwers” – there were like three egg tossers and they all had a very rational explanation for their egg protests: they are republicans who hate the monarchy. Nothing frenzied about that.

What else… Richard Fitzwilliams said Macron had been “humiliated” by the protesters and that the Versailles dinner would have been MACRON’S “Marie Antoinette moment.” Like… it would have been a Marie Antoinette moment, for sure, but more for Charles and Camilla.

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  1. ThatsNotOkay says:

    Common sense dictates they abandon not only their fancy dinner plans, but also abolish the monarchy. Guess they’re not there yet though.

  2. Tessa says:

    Of course harry is blamed for Charles bungling. And the unrest by Dunlop. Dunlop has no clue. And there more than a few people protesting charles.

  3. equality says:

    So cancel because of respect for the Brits and C&C, but no mention of respect for the people he is supposed to represent and what they want?

    • AnnaKist says:

      That’s it. I wish Australians had taken their ire to the Conservative government of the day. My mother retired when she was 60. For the French, it’s going from 62 to 64 years. That’s how that Australian government did it, too. A year here, a year there… we are currently at 66.5 years.
      Interesting how it was reported here as well: “ King Charles has postponed his trip to France due to crowds, protesting the raising of the retirement age …” No mention whatsoever of Macron. And that is from the national broadcaster.

      • AprilUnderwater says:

        I always forget our (Australia’s) actual retirement age, because as a lawyer I see all the old white men (OWMs, if you will) still strutting around well into their 70s terrifying the younger members of the profession with their egos and age based-incompetence. I think it has something to do with judges being constitutionally forced to retire at 75, so the OWMs just won’t f**k off.

        I fear our conservative politicians see the (selective) retirement age reference to 75 in the constitution as an end goal for all Australians 🙁

      • McGee says:

        I think the U.S. (GOP lawmakers) are trying to raise up 70 right now, non?

    • Blue Nails Betty says:

      @Equality That’s what stopped me in my tracks. He has no respect for his own citizens but is fawning over British royalty.

      Maybe Macron should brush up on France’s history and why France no longer has a monarchy.

  4. lleepar says:

    Either Harry or Meghan has to get name-checked in order for anyone to pay attention. I’m wondering how long this will go on, especially if H&M avoid the coronary and all things involving the BRF the next few years.

    • one of the marys says:

      Unfortunately I think it’s for the lifetime of all involved. Any success or milestone is going to include remarks about the estrangement of the family, what might have been etc etc Plus as noted already it brings the eyeballs

  5. Eleonor says:

    The last thing the French President needed was another security hazard, especially in the form of a 74-year-old working King from a country where the retirement age has already been raised to a hardcore 68 for future generations.”
    “The last thing the French president needed was another security hazard in the form of a 74 year old working king beheaded during a state visit”

    • Zazzoo says:

      You gotta admit, French masses singing loudly in one voice of sweeping bravado as they carry the foreign monarch off to the guillotine would be awkward for global PR.

    • Ooh..guillotine graffiti!!! Off with his head!! The French know what they are doing so yes it was wise to say stay home.

    • kirk says:

      Yes the beheading envisioned by Richard Fitzwilliams, of Macron rather than Chuck3, is just more willful blindness by the British media.
      Tessa Dunlop also sounds clueless – “French know how to celebrate monarchy in style.” lol

    • blacktoypoodle says:

      These comments are why I come to this site. Now I’m “laughing my head off”
      thank you.

  6. Nanea says:

    The public sector in Germany is going on strike again too, starting tomorrow.

    If only the powers that be were to cancel their visit here too.

  7. Amy Bee says:

    The impression I got is that Charles and the British press still wanted to forge ahead with the visit even though people were in the streets protesting. The reason France and Germany were chosen as the first visits as King was so Charles could get the global headlines and show that he is a world leader. The press is very angry that Macron read the room and postponed the visit.

    • JM says:

      I am sure charles is whining about not being able to eat at Versailles like the proper king he thinks he is.

      • The Recluse says:

        And don’t discount Camilla in all this. She likely viewed this as part of her victory tour.

    • Snuffles says:

      Charles and the British monarchy are used to ignoring reality as they’ve got the press on their side shoring up their bullshit. Macron has no such luxury.

  8. Brassy Rebel says:

    The common sense, responsible thing would have been not to arrange this visit in the first place. The French abolished the monarchy more than a century ago. They are probably aghast that Britain still has it.

    I saw a photo on Twitter of couples sitting in a Paris cafe, just hanging out and drinking 🍷 while watching large piles of garbage burn in the street. The French are something else (and I am part French Canadian). Vive La France!

  9. Mabs A'Mabbin says:

    I’m just sitting at home with my mouth slightly agape with all the global shite, and then there’s a coronation thrown in.

  10. aquarius64 says:

    I didn’t know Charles’ name was on protesters’ mind. Charles’ didn’t want the bad optics. Dunlop is conveniently leaving out the Not My King protests. These rota rats are stupid, thinking that blaming Spare for the BRF’s worse image will deflect from their mess.

  11. Danbury says:

    I was kind of excited to hear the French sing La Marseillaise as Chuckles walked around pretending to forget what the French think of monarchy. KC3 really is very stupid

  12. Eurydice says:

    I know, I’m the lone voice, but I still don’t think this is about Charles – it’s about humiliating Macron. If there were no protests, if the people weren’t angry with Macron, there would be no guillotine graffiti. C&C would show up and there’d be no more uproar than when W&K went to Boston. But, since I don’t like Charles, it’s a yummy bonus to imagine him trembling with fear.

    • Roo says:

      Eurydice, I think it begins with Macron and the protest over the retirement age raised without public discourse, but it continues with KFC coming over there and dining at Versailles and having his $100m Chubbly. It’s all connected to the privileges they both enjoy while ignoring the working man’s struggles.

      • Eurydice says:

        Sure, it’s always something when people are angry. If Macron would have hosted Biden at Versailles, we’d be seeing protests about American imperialism, etc., etc.

    • MaryContrary says:

      I agree. Optics are bad because we are defaulting to our dislike of Charles. But really-in France, they care about their own lives and their own government, not that England has a monarchy that needs to be toppled. I never thought about the fact that since Diana died in Paris, if the rota really did their jobs, they would be questioning why in the world Charles and Camilla would make this city their first official visit?!

      • Jan90067 says:

        Most likely to walk “on her grave” so to speak, and gloat that they have finally “won”. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Wouldn’t surprise me if Cowmilla was behind the choice to make it their first trip.

    • kirk says:

      Didn’t the French go through this a few years back when they raised retirement age from 60 to 62? Remember hearing about protests on the news; don’t recall if there was guillotine grafitti, but this time around they have Chuck as a target.

    • MipMip says:

      It is about Macron. Before all of this there was already a narrative among the left-wing press etc in France that Macron fancies himself a king. The fact that his administration planned that fakakta dinner at Versailles WITH A KING shows tone-deaf PR skills on par with the BRF. The fact that this was only cancelled two days before the visit as Paris burned is 🤦‍♀️.

      ITA to agree with Jan. I wouldn’t be surprised if this visit was suggested by Camilla considering all we know about her.

      • Eurydice says:

        I think it’s more about getting the UK back in some good graces with the EU. The UK government thinks that the royals are still worth some currency in soft diplomacy – they might want to think again.

    • Truthiness says:

      Totally agree that the French protests are about what Macron did. A new British king wanting to be accepted as a leader is adding logs to the fire and I love that for the both of them.

  13. Harla A Brazen Hussy says:

    It would have made far more sense for Charles’ first state visit to be with a Commonwealth country like Canada or Australia. This “postponement” makes the decision to snub the Commonwealth even worse.

    • Anners says:

      I know what you’re saying, but as a Canadian, I’m very glad we didn’t have to host C&C. I’m hoping the commonwealth thing just fades away. I know there’s a lot to unpick between Canada and the UK in order to become independent, but I’d love to not have them on our money or in our business.

  14. MY3CENTS says:

    If only the BRF cared about the optics in their own country.

    • Eurydice says:

      Lol, exactly this. But these state visits don’t happen just because Charles wants take Camilla to Paris. This is post-Brexit rapprochement on the part of the UK government.

    • Mary Pester says:

      @my3cents, that is the problem, they don’t and never have. They just care about themselves

  15. Lizzie says:

    It’s a slap in the face to the entire commonwealth for the new king to make his first two visits to countries not part of the commonwealth.

    • Lilly (with the double-L) says:

      He’s trying to be all: “No, I broke up with you,” to the commonwealth.

    • Mary Pester says:

      @LIZZIE, because it’s a political visit. He just hosted the head of the E. U because she and Sunak signed the “Windsor”, protocol or some such rubbish. Charlie boy is trying to say “Yes we are your friends, now please, please let us have unrestricted trade with you again”. Mouthing more than that. The tories are using the monarchy and the king is to blinded by his own vanity to see it

  16. Jaded says:

    No matter how hard Chuck tries, he is no statesman, nor is his wine-bag of a mistress/wife. He loves thinking he’s equal in stature and influence as a Macron, a Biden, a Trudeau, but he’s nothing more than a puppet king and pet of the Tory government. The only reason he’s in the position of monarch is because he came out of the right vagina.

  17. HeyKay says:

    You’d assume that someone is explaining to Charles that, in fact, he is NOT popular, and he is insane to insist on going forward with $100M+ coronation, what a total failure he is already as King.

    Macron knows very well that the protesters are correct, gaining in popularity.
    Charles is under a decent sized security risk. Which apparently, Charles does not grasp.
    Macron is having enough troubles, he doesn’t need an attack on Charles making worldwide news.

    I am Team Protesters! Are we all expected to work forever? While the rich get richer?

  18. Beech says:

    Yeah that’s a shame. Refilling my bag of of popcorn. Maybe Bastille Day?

  19. phlyfiremama says:

    Like I said in another thread, Macron doesn’t want the populace getting ANY ideas. 🤣

  20. R says:

    Starting to wonder if this is the beginning of the end for the British monarchy, especially if the coronation is gonna be this expensive…QEii was seen as someone who held the UK together after WWII, but what has prince Charles going for him? He is so out of touch with 99% of his population, the economy is a mess, climate change is causing stress for everyone and on top of that, he’s seen as an angry, entitled man child cheater…

  21. Debbie says:

    No matter how often the BM protest that the Sussexes and remaining British royal family members were treated equally, it’s funny how the headline for this story didn’t cry that Charles was “snubbed” by Macron and the people of France all over the place.

  22. jferber says:

    I hope it was the guillotine imagery that finally pulled the plug on the France trip for Charles. Obviously he’d find it terrifying, but I find it incredibly amusing and legit. The French truly know how to deal with kings and they ain’t fooling. Charles should thank his lucky stars he has England and their hundreds of years of propaganda and lies propping up his monarchy.

  23. iseepinkelefants says:

    In the summer? You mean when all of the French empty the city and no one but the tourists are here?

    I choose the believe the French are pro-Diana. Her memorial still gets flowers and photos.