Despite Prince Charles’s Visit to Paris, No Red Carpets Were Rolled Out for Him

French public sector unionists have warned that they will not provide red carpets for the upcoming visit of King Charles III of the United Kingdom to Paris, but non-striking workers are expected to do so.

The CGT union, which represents workers at the National Furniture Service, which makes and maintains, among other things, red carpets, said on Wednesday that they would go on strike starting Sunday when the sovereign goes to France.

The union announced that its members would no longer offer “furniture, red carpets, and flag services.”

“We are aware that the English king will be visiting France this weekend and that our services will be needed,” a statement read, adding that the visit would occur “without us.”

The statement continued, “We ask our managers to inform the ministry of culture that any request for furnishings will be viewed as an immediate provocation by our employees.”

Nonetheless, a spokesperson for the National Furniture service told AFP that only 24 employees out of 420 were on strike on Thursday.

“The red carpet has been rolled out, and the unions have assured us that they will not interfere with the work of non-striking employees,” said Loic Turpin.

Charles III and Queen Consort Camilla are taking their first official trip abroad since Charles ascended the throne last September, and they are scheduled to arrive in France on Sunday.

Officials on both sides are worried that protesters will use the event to draw attention to their opposition to Macron’s plan to raise the retirement age from 62 to 64.

But in London, a spokesman for Prime Minister Rishi Sunak told reporters that Downing Street had “no plans to change the plan” for the king’s visit.

On Monday, the British monarch was scheduled to attend a ceremony with Macron at the Arc de Triomphe, followed by visits to the presidential palace and the Senate.

On Monday evening, he is also scheduled to be the honored guest at a state banquet at the Palace of Versailles outside of Paris, although the BFM news channel reported that organizers are considering changing the venue for security reasons.

The itinerary for Charles’ Tuesday visit to Bordeaux in southwest France is also uncertain, with trade unionists threatening to obstruct a planned tram ride in the midst of ongoing protests in the city.