Macron should ask UK to revise 14-day quarantine rule | News from the United Kingdom


French President Emmanuel Macron is expected to call on the UK to reconsider its decision to impose a 14-day quarantine period on foreign visitors during his trip to the UK on Thursday.Macron, during his first visit abroad since the coronavirus epidemic, is in London to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the broadcast of General Charles de Gaulle announcing an alliance with Winston Churchill, “the head of the British Empire” , and the launch of the French resistance.

He will meet Boris Johnson for bilateral talks at Downing Street and meet Prince Charles at Clarence House.

The political talks are expected to include a French appeal to the UK to reconsider its decision to impose a quarantine on visitors. Since June 15, France operates what is described as a voluntary quarantine on British visitors.

The two leaders saw their survey rate drop during their management of the pandemic. France suffered 29,547 deaths and the United Kingdom 42,513, although the figures are not completely comparable.

French officials stress that Macron will not address the state of the Brexit talks because the issue must be addressed at the European Commission level and not bilaterally. But France is known to be worried about the lack of progress in the talks, especially in terms of defense cooperation. The two leaders are expected to discuss the Turkish military intervention in Libya, to which France is vigorously opposed, considered a threat to security across North Africa and the coherence of the Western NATO defense alliance. .

Before the visit, the panels protecting the statue of Winston Churchill on Parliament Square of the demonstrators will be removed. Two De Gaulle statues were also vandalized in France during the Black Lives Matter demonstrations. A statue of Hautmont, in the north of France, was smeared with the word “slave” and degraded with orange paint. Another, in the Paris suburbs, was damaged and covered with yellow paint.

As part of the commemorations, Johnson will announce MBEs for four veterans of the French resistance, recognizing their role in the defense of the United Kingdom and France against Nazi Germany. Macron, in turn, will present the Legion of Honor to the City of London in appreciation of the British role in housing the leaders of the French resistance, and in helping lead joint resistance operations in France with the British Special Operations Executive.

The BBC’s De Gaulle broadcast to the French nation was made by chance on the same day that Churchill’s “best time” speech in the Commons was almost unheard of. There were objections within the British war cabinet that De Gaulle, a relatively obscure brigadier general, should not be allowed to carry the flag of resistance if there was a chance that the government led by Marshal Pétain may, despite its surrender to Germany, act in the interest of the British alliance.

Churchill, asleep in the Commons after his own speech, had to be woken up to be told that he had to overcome this internal British opposition to granting De Gaulle such status. De Gaulle fled to London the day before June 17.

In his speech, De Gaulle said that “the last word had not been said, France was not alone and the flame of French resistance must and should not be extinguished”.

After Johnson and Macron meet, the two men are expected to visit the home De Gaulle stayed in, as well as watch the RAF and the French Air Force pass by.

Speaking before the meeting, Johnson said: “Eighty years ago, Charles de Gaulle, the leader of the French resistance, arrived in London knowing that the values ​​of freedom, tolerance and democracy that the Britain and France shared were threatened. He promised that we would be united to defend these values ​​and protect our citizens from those who want to destroy us.

“The struggles we face today are different from those we faced together 80 years ago. But I have no doubt that – working side by side – the UK and France will continue to face all the new challenges and seize all the opportunities that lie ahead. ”

Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, are to travel from their home in Birkhall, Scotland, to London for the event.


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