The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are scheduled to travel to Paris tomorrow to attend two days of engagements in the French capital. They were requested to travel there on behalf of the UK Home and Foreign Office to serve as “Brexit ambassadors.” A homemade letter bomb was sent to the Paris International Monetary Fund, (IMF), the Paris office of the world lending office.
An IMF employee suffered burns on her arms and face when she opened the letter. Her injuries are not life-threatening. Michel Cadot, Paris police chief said that the explosion was caused by a homemade device. He also told reporters that there have been recent telephone threats, but that it was not clear whether these were associated with the incident at the IMF’s offices or not.
France is in the middle of a presidential campaign. Elections are to be held in six weeks. Dozens of people have been killed in France by Islamist groups. The entire country is still in a state of emergency with army units patrolling the streets of the capital.
German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble received a parcel bomb on Wednesday. A Greek militant group called Conspiracy of Fire Cells claimed responsibility; however, no single individual or group has come forward for this latest attack. France’s President, François Hollande has said that authorities would do everything possible to find those responsible. The President is supposed to greet The Duke and Duchess when they arrive in Paris tomorrow.
The IMF managing director, Christine Lagarde, condemned the explosion, telling The Guardian, this is: “a cowardly act of violence.”
“I reaffirm the IMF’s resolve to continue our work in line with our mandate. We are working closely with the French authorities to investigate this incident and ensure the safety of our staff.”
With this recent attack in Paris, will this change the travel plans for The Duke and Duchess? Will they postpone their official engagements in Paris, moving their visit to a later date?
Undoubtedly, there will be extra security surrounding the couple if they intend to move forward with their visit. All indications lead to them still leaving for Paris after attending the St. Patrick’s Day parade.
Kensington Palace has not commented on the attack or the upcoming visit of Their Royal Highnesses. Royal Central will keep a close eye on this story, updating our readers if plans for the Paris trip change.