In English and French, King Charles III of the United Kingdom gave a historic speech to the French Senate. The monarch has advocated for a new “cordial understanding” on climate change.
In a striking and significant display of international diplomacy, King Charles III of the United Kingdom delivered a historic speech to the French Senate, marking a crucial moment in relations between both nations. The British monarch, on his first official visit to France since his accession to the throne, has emphasized the need to strengthen the Franco-British union and address the most pressing global challenges, in particular climate change.
The speech, delivered in English and French, highlighted the importance of a new “Entente Cordial”, an alliance based on friendship and cooperation, to confront the climate crisis. King Charles III praised the determination of France and the United Kingdom in their commitment to Ukraine and underlined the motto “friends forever.”
In the words of the monarch, “Our partnership, built on shared experience, remains absolutely vital as we face the world’s challenges together. Quite simply, the United Kingdom will always be one of France’s closest allies and best friends.”
The unanimous applause that King Charles III received in the French Senate symbolizes the reconciliation between both nations after the tense years of Brexit. During his visit to France, the British monarch has had the opportunity to visit several emblematic places, including Saint-Denis, which will be the epicenter of the Olympic Games, supervising the reconstruction works of the Notre Dame de Paris cathedral and enjoying a walk through the flower market with Camila.
Commitment to the fight against climate change
This Friday, King Charles III’s state visit concludes in Bordeaux, southwestern France, a region with a large British population that was deeply affected by the 2022 fires.
During his speech to the French Senate, Charles III pledged to further strengthen Franco-British ties, describing their joint potential as unrivalled. He stressed the need to confront global challenges, including the Russian invasion of Ukraine, highlighting continued support for kyiv in its quest for freedom.
However, the king placed special emphasis on the urgent need to address climate change, noting that “for centuries, man has fought nature to survive. In this century, he has understood that he has to protect it to continue surviving.” He advocated for collaboration in international organizations to protect the planet and highlighted the crucial role the private sector can play in this fight.
Rebuilding Franco-British relations: a key objective of the royal visit
Charles III concluded his speech by expressing his conviction that France and the United Kingdom can lead the world in preserving biodiversity, inspiring other governments and citizens to join in this joint effort.
The visit of the British monarch to France has been an important step in the reconstruction of Franco-British relations after Brexit and border tensions. His Senate speech, the only public speech he gave during his stay, underscored the historic relationship between the two countries and highlighted the importance of working together in a world facing unprecedented challenges. The visit of King Charles III makes clear that, in times of uncertainty, friendship and cooperation between nations are essential to address global problems that affect everyone.
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