President Emmanuel Macron has paid homage to Queen Elizabeth II in a video addressed to the people of the UK and the Commonwealth.
The speech, which was given mainly in English, was captioned: “To you, she was your Queen. To us, she was The Queen. She will be with all of us forever.”
President Macron said: "Today, we are so sad. [The Queen's] 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.
"Her rare and powerful words, her unwavering dignity made her the constant symbol of the United Kingdom. We are grateful for her deep affection for France; Elizabeth II mastered our language, loved our culture and touched her hearts.
“No other country had the privilege of welcoming her as many times as we did.
“I have known a great head of state, a unique example of her devotion to her people, and a very close ally.
“With her, France and the United Kingdom shared not just an entente cordiale, but a warm, sincere and loyal partnership.
“We will remember the values she never ceased to embody and promote: the moral fortitude of democracy and freedom.
“At this sad moment, we send our heartfelt condolences to His Majesty the King, the Royal Family, the British people and all those who loved the Queen and will miss her so deeply.”
The full speech can be viewed below:
To you, she was your Queen.— Emmanuel Macron (@EmmanuelMacron) September 9, 2022
To us, she was The Queen.
She will be with all of us forever. pic.twitter.com/PaL1DRmlHK