French president Emmanuel Macron is set to become the second ever president of the Fifth Republic to make an official state visit to Monaco, a historic meeting that should happen by the end of 2024.

The French ambassador to Monaco, Jean d’Haussonville told Monaco-Matin that the state visit should happen by the end of the year, and that “it is really a desire on both sides and this coming (visit) should take the form of a state visit, which qualifies the highest level of protocol in terms of travel.” The first and last French president to make a state visit to the Principality was François Mitterrand in 1984.

HSH Prince Albert may follow in his father’s footsteps by making his own state visit to Paris, as Prince Rainier III was received in the French capital by Charles de Gaulle in 1959, shortly after the president took office.

“The Prince has made working visits, official visits to France, but never at the protocol level of a State visit with all the honours of the Republic. It will be an expression of full support from France to the Principality of Monaco,” d’Haussonville continued to tell the local French language publication.

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