Charles III used the symbolic treaty signed in 1904 by Edward VII and the then French president, Félix Fauré, which ended centuries of rivalry and opened a phase of cooperation.
The fight against climate change became the central theme of the state visit of King Charles III to France, where this Thursday he proposed a policy between both countries to fight against this threat to the planet.
The British monarch made this proposal during a speech given in the French Senate, the first by a British monarch before the legislature of this country, this being the central event of the day and the only public statement by Charles III on this visit.
Before French and British parliamentarians, Charles III used the symbolic treaty signed in 1904 by his great-great-grandfather Edward VII and the then French president, Félix Fauré, known as the “Entente Cordiale”, which ended centuries of rivalry and opened a phase of cooperation which occurred during the two world wars.
We will renew it for future generations, so that it becomes an ‘entente’ for sustainability, to respond effectively to the global urgency regarding climate and biodiversity,” said the monarch, on his second day of visit to France.
Supported by his ecological reputation, the king placed this objective at the center of attention of relations between both countries, although Paris and London do not seem aligned on the path to follow to preserve the planet.
At a time when London seems increasingly closer to Europe, after suffering the first consequences of Brexit, Charles III recalled the successes achieved when the United Kingdom and France walked hand in hand, defending the deepening of this path to face current challenges .
The monarch considered that the alliance between both countries “has unlimited potential”Whether in Ukraine, in the face of “a new unjustified aggression” – as happened 80 years ago when the two countries fought together to free the continent from the hands of the Nazis – or in the fight against climate change.
Much applauded, the monarch continued his visit accompanied by Queen Camillawho had gone with the French first lady, Brigitte Macron, to the National Library to present a Franco-British literary award.
Among other places, the royal couple visited the Basilica of Saint Denis, located north of Paris, Where are the remains of most of the kings of France?.
In Paris, they went to the flower market on the Île de la Cité, on the banks of the Seine, renamed a few years ago after Elizabeth II and which Charles III had asked to see in person.
Accompanied by the mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, and the French president, Emmanuel Macron, the British royal couple visited the Notre-Dame cathedral. where they observed the restoration work of the church, which suffered a major fire in 2019.
The king and Macron later went to the Natural History Museum, where they closed a Franco-British business forum to fight climate change.
The French president paid tribute to the king for his long-standing commitment to the environment, which “served to raise awareness of this problem” and also to “raise funds” in the fight against climate change.
The British royal couple concluded the second day of their visit at the Elysée Palace, where they were welcomed by Macron and the first lady for an informal meeting.
Charles III and Camilla will end their state visit on Friday in Bordeaux, the first French city twinned with a British one and which during the Middle Ages was part of the Duchy of Aquitaine, then a vassal of the English crown.
There, where around 39,000 Britons live, you will visit some vineyards and local businesses, maintaining the ecological nature of the trip.