Macron is referred to as the “Queen of Bravery” in the embassy’s book of condolences
French President Emmanuel Macron on Friday hailed Elizabeth II as the “queen of bravery” and his Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne as a “figure of courage” by both signing the late sovereign’s book of condolence at the British Embassy in Paris.
“Here in Paris, which she loved so much, as everywhere in France, the grief of our compatriots is immense,” wrote the head of state in the book of condolences, which AFP was able to see.
The head of state, dressed in a black suit, then placed a white rose in front of a portrait of the queen before taking a bow.
“His death leaves us with a feeling of emptiness,” he said shortly before in a video posted in English on Twitter. “To you she was your queen, to us she was THE queen,” he continued.
In a press statement, the ambassador thanked President Macron for his “touching appreciation, empathy and respect.”
“She was a constant in our lives and in the lives of millions of people (..) She embodied what it means to be British and gave her nation strong leadership, courage, joy and hope when it needed it”, she said.
“She was the calm in our storm,” she added, referring to the history of the Franco-British relationship.
Before his visit to the embassy, President Macron sent a message to the new King Charles III, according to the Élysée.
On Thursday, while announcing the death of the monarch, who died “peacefully” at the age of 96 after 70 years of reign, Mr Macron had paid tribute to “a queen of hearts”. “The Queen of the Sixteen Kingdoms loved France, which gave it back well,” he said in a statement.
On Friday, during a trip to Marseille, his wife Brigitte Macron praised the “very strong and indestructible friendship” that unites the French and the British.
Recounting her only meeting with the Queen during a G7 meeting in Cornwall in June 2021, the First Lady said: “She had the intelligence of the situations, the intelligence of the person in front of her straight away. It was totally intuitive, she was amazing. I only met her once, but I will never forget her.”
Regarding the new king Charles III. she said she’s convinced he’ll be “a very great king” because “he’s extremely brilliant,” “extremely loving.”
Shortly after Emmanuel Macron, Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne in turn signed the book of condolences at the British Embassy, welcoming “a figure of courage, standing shoulder to shoulder with his people in distress.” From the bombs of World War II to ‘Covid-proof’ .
“She was also a friend and ally for France,” she added, according to her words, which are entered in the register that AFP was able to consult.
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