Macron Postpones State Visit to Germany
Due to ongoing riots in France for the past few days, President Macron has decided not to leave the country for now. His two-day state visit to Germany has been postponed. Macron was scheduled to arrive tomorrow.
It would have been the first state visit by a French president to Germany in over 20 years. However, Emmanuel Macron's visit will not take place as planned. Macron has canceled his visit due to the continuing riots in his country, as reported by the ARD Capital Studio.
Shortly after, the Office of the Federal President stated that Macron had spoken to President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and informed him about the situation in his country. "President Macron has requested the postponement of the planned state visit to Germany," said a spokesperson for Steinmeier. The Élysée Palace also confirmed this.
The Federal President regrets the cancellation and fully understands the situation in France. He is closely monitoring the developments. Steinmeier hopes that the violence on the streets will end soon and social peace will be restored.
Stations in Berlin, Dresden, and Ludwigsburg
Macron and his wife Brigitte were supposed to arrive in Germany on Sunday evening. The visit was scheduled to begin in Ludwigsburg, Baden-Württemberg. Other stops on the visit were Berlin on Monday and Dresden on Tuesday, where Macron was planning to deliver a keynote speech on Franco-German relations in front of the Frauenkirche.
According to the Office of the Federal President, the visit was intended to celebrate the German-French friendship in the 60th year of the Élysée Treaty and open a new chapter at the same time.
In Macron's circle in Paris, it was stated that a state visit is a friendly visit and "purely ceremonial." There will be a more suitable time in the future. "The French would not have understood if he had traveled to Germany. These days in Paris are important," they said. Therefore, Macron adjusted his plans. The visit will be rescheduled as soon as possible.
Riots triggered by fatal police shooting of a 17-year-old
The protests and riots in France were sparked by the death of 17-year-old Nahel M. The teenager was shot by a police officer during a traffic stop in the Paris suburb of Nanterre on Tuesday. He is set to be buried today. An investigation has been launched against the alleged shooter, who is being accused of intentional homicide, according to the prosecutor's office.
Germany, the United Kingdom, and the United States have urged citizens with travel plans to France to exercise caution and have updated their security advisories.