VERSAILLES, France (AP) - French President Emmanuel Macron and Crown Prince Naruhito, Japan’s next emperor, made a toast to continued friendship between their nations Wednesday in the sumptuous surroundings of the Chateau of Versailles.
During a pre-dinner speech dwelling on the dense web of connections and history that tie France and Japan, Macron said hosting the prince at Versailles showed the “respect, esteem and friendship we have for Japan.”
“France hasn’t forgotten, just as it won’t forget your visit,” he said.
Macron and Naruhito also attended a theater performance at the glittering palace west of Paris.
The 58-year-old prince will inherit Japan’s Chrysanthemum throne when the 84-year-old emperor abdicates next year.
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