Prince Charles, France President Macron to meet on quarantine exempt visit

Lawrence Kim
June 14, 2020

Emmanuel Macron has since remained in France because of the crisis of the coronavirus, all of the global meetings held by video conferencing.

Mr Macron will soon be exempt from the 14-day quarantine imposed on most people who travel to the United Kingdom, as a "representative of a foreign country on business".

A Clarence House spokeswoman said Government guidelines on social distancing would be followed and part of the welcome would be staged in the open air.

The royal couple will travel from Birkhall in Aberdeenshire, where they have been staying for nearly 90 days, to Clarence House in London to attend the meeting.

Charles contracted coronavirus with mild symptoms back in March and he spent seven days in isolation, while wife Camilla, despite testing negatively for COVID-19, isolated for 14 days in line with medical advice. Since then, the couple have been carrying out their royal duties remotely via video and telephone calls. Almost all of France has become in a so-called "green zone" where, for example, bars and restaurants can reopen.

Macron will be exempt from a 14-day quarantine imposed on most people who travel to the United Kingdom, as a "representative of a foreign country on business", a Clarence House spokeswoman said on Friday, adding that government guidelines on social distancing would be followed. This displacement is, for him, the second event in the framework of the "year de Gaulle" after the celebration, on 17 may, the 80th anniversary of the battle of Montcornet (Aisne), where he was hailed " the spirit of resistance to French", before a visit announced to Colombey-les-deux-Churches (Haute-Marne), where is buried the General, on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of his death, November 9, 1970.

French President Emmanuel Macron is to head to London on 18 June to commemorate the 80th anniversary of former French president Charles de Gaulle's appeal to the French to resist the Nazi occupation during World War II.

But the French leader will be exempt, Prime Minister Boris Johnson's spokesman told reporters on Friday.

"I call upon all Frenchmen who want to remain free to listen to my voice and follow me", that he said.

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