Bernard Arnault, Rodolphe Saadé… Who are the bosses invited to the state dinner at Versailles between Macron and Charles III?

King Charles III and the President of the Republic Emmanuel Macron, this Wednesday. HANNAH MCKAY / REUTERS

After having rekindled the flame of the unknown soldier, and having spoken with the President of the Republic at the Élysée, the British monarch will have dinner on Wednesday evening in the Hall of Mirrors, around 150 guests.

France knows how to receive and intends to show it once again. As King Charles III began a three-day state visit to France on Wednesday, the British monarch and Queen Camilla are expected this evening for a sumptuous dinner in the Hall of Mirrors at the Palace of Versailles. After having rekindled the flame of the unknown soldier under the Arc de Triomphe and having spoken face to face with Emmanuel Macron at the Élysée, the successor of Elizabeth II will share the table with more than 150 guests. Among the latter, dozens of distinguished guests, in the political, cultural and especially economic fields. Several great captains of industry will be present. Like the chairman and CEO of LVMH Bernard Arnault or the president of Chanel Bruno Pavlovsky, included on a protocol list transmitted by the Château. In the luxury sector, there is also Axel Dumas, president and CEO of Hermès.

If the telecoms sector is only represented by the founder of Illiad Xavier Niel, the energy sector is more extensive. The general director and chairman of the board of directors of Engie, Catherine MacGregor and Jean-Pierre Clamadieu, will also dine in Yvelines. Just like EDF CEO Luc Remont, Schneider Electric CEO designate Peter Herweck, and McPhy Energy CEO Luc Poyer. Also invited is Count Édouard de Guittaut, director of Energy Future.

Ross McInnes, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Safran, Éric Trappier, Chairman and CEO of Dassault Aviation and Pierre-Éric Pommellet, Chairman and CEO of Naval Group will represent the defense sector. Wednesday evening, Transport was not forgotten either. Marie-Ange Debon, Chairman of the Management Board of Keolis, Rodolphe Saadé, Chairman and CEO of CMA-CGM, and Gwendoline Cazenave, Chairman and CEO of Eurostar, also received an invitation card. Finally, the automobile industry will be represented by Jean-Dominique Senard, president of the Renault group.

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