Emmanuel Macron arrives in London ahead of Queen's funeral
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Emmanuel Macron has been criticised for “shaming” France with a footwear disaster after he arrived to pay his respects to Queen Elizabeth II. He was among the hundreds of world leaders arrived in London over the weekend ahead of Her Majesty’s funeral today.
After landing in London, Mr Macron was photographed walking through the capital with his wife, Brigitte.
Commentators were quick to draw attention to the President’s footwear.
As well as a pair of dark sunglasses, Mr Macron was sporting navy blue trainers.
Opponents of the President insisted this was a mark of disrespect, being just one day before the state funeral of Her Majesty the Queen.
Eric Noirez of the Union pour la France wrote in a post on Twitter: “British friends, we are very sorry and we apologise.
“Please know that it was the majority of the French people who refused to vote for Macron.”
Debout la France representative Alexis Villepelet also wrote: “This is probably the first time that a head of state pays tribute to another in trainers.
“Two possibilities: 1. Macron is a great innovator, 2. Macron has no notion of common decency.”
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National Assembly member Nicolas Meizonnet joked: “Despite an extremely poor trade balance, Macron manages to export indecency, shame and contempt to the four corners of the world.
“You can always count on him for that!”
Others highlighted that during the funeral itself, Mr Macron was dressed in his usual attire.
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Following the death of the Queen, the President was also widely commended for releasing such a touching statement in which he said: “To you, she was your Queen. To us, she was THE Queen.”
He added: “Her wisdom and empathy have helped us all to steer a path through the historic ups and downs of the last seven decades. With her passing, we all feel an emptiness.
“Millions of people around the world discovered the images of her coronation, and were immediately captivated by the young leader who already exhibited such strength and courage.
“The courage of a life marked by the war, and soon the courage to uphold, from one century to the next, the values of freedom and tenacity.
“Her rare and powerful words, her unwavering dignity made her the constant symbol of the United Kingdom.”
Additional reporting by Mario Ortega.
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