September 25, 2022

France could also be a republic, however the French, regardless of their revolutionary previous, haven’t ceased to point out “honest love and respect” for the British sovereign, emphasizes Adam Sage in as soon asnewspaper, for which he was a correspondent in Paris for greater than thirty years.

From President Macron “who gave a speech in English to evoke the ‘feeling of vacancy’ left by the Queen’s loss of life”, the postwoman who brings him as soon as in Paris, who all the time expressed his admiration “on the danger of being left behind on his tour”, reporter notes that the sensation of affection “was nearly common” in France on Friday 9 September, the day after the loss of life of Elizabeth II.

“Even Liberation, normally on the forefront of the anti-monarchy, used a very respectful tone, emphasizing that the Queen had a powerful relationship with France.”

Adam Sage remembers that Elizabeth II made a complete of 5 state visits to France, however extra usually she got here to participate in official occasions or to fulfill her ardour for horses by visiting some revered farms, particularly in Normandy.

The diplomatic incident was shut twice

When she was nonetheless a princess, in 1948 she crossed the English Channel for the opening of the exhibition Eight Centuries of British Life in Paris, stunning her interlocutors together with her impeccable command of French.

In 1957, her state go to was particularly appreciated at a time of stress between the 2 international locations after the Suez Disaster: Elizabeth II didn’t hesitate to qualify the Franco-British friendship as “deep and chronic”.

Nonetheless, a diplomatic incident was prevented throughout two different official visits. In 1972, President Pompidou broke protocol by out of the blue grabbing her hand on the steps of the Elysee Palace. The queen was not offended. In 1996, it was Jacques Chirac who delivered a brand new blow to protocol throughout an official go to to London by blowing kisses to the group whereas sitting subsequent to the sovereign within the royal automotive. Elizabeth II was happy that she discovered this gesture “just a bit superb” (“just a bit stunning”).

Fortuitously, there have been no main incidents through the French president’s final state go to to London in 2008. Nicolas Sarkozy remembers in his “Memoirs of “kindness” which the Queen testified as she escorted him and his spouse to the edge of the room reserved for them at Windsor Palace.

So many visits that contributed to the smoothing of Franco-British relations because of “emotional connection” Elizabeth II with France, notes Adam Sage.

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