Bayeux Tapestry loan 'very significant': British PM

Lester Mason
January 18, 2018

Macron approved the transfer of the tapestry ahead of a meeting with British Prime Minister Theresa May, according to The Times, which added that it may not actually go on display until 2023.

The tapestry is a linen cloth on which the invasion of England by William, Duke of Normandy, also known as William the Conqueror, and his victory over Harold, the Anglo-Saxon King, in the 1066 Battle of Hastings are embroidered.

It has not yet been decided where the Tapestry will be displayed.

The embroidery is stitched in nine different panels.

The treaty is expected to set out maximum timeframes for British authorities to decide on applications from migrants in France who have a strong claim for admission to Britain, two sources said on condition of anonymity.

"This is a real demonstration on how diplomacy is done", he told BBC radio.

(Photo by: Christophel Fine Art/UIG via Getty Images)How long is the Bayeux Tapestry?

Despite the fact that French legend says the tapestry was commissioned by Queen Matilda, wife of William the Conqueror, it was probably commissioned by Odo of Bayeux, the half-brother of the king. Its most famous scenes include Harold getting an arrow in the eye at the Battle of Hastings, and a seeming depiction of Halley's comet. The earliest written reference to it is from 1476, in an inventory from Bayeux Cathedral, but it is not known whether it was made in England or France.

May, who was weakened by losing her Conservative Party's parliamentary majority in an election past year, wants to use a summit with President Emmanuel Macron to show Britain still has plenty to offer European Union member states as she negotiates Brexit.

While the invasion depicted in the tapestry marked a sour point in Anglo-French relations, the loan will be seen as a sign of solidarity between the two nations amid hard Brexit negotiations.

Macron's office clarified however that preparations for moving the "extremely valuable cultural treasure" will take until 2020 to complete.

A new UK-France border agreement will be one of the main thrusts of the discussions.

On official visit in Calais on Tuesday (16 January), Macron said he would not allow another settlement to emerge as he outlined French migration plans to increase accommodation, shorten asylum procedures, create better integration opportunities, and finance the distribution of food to migrants.

The tapestry is vulnerable to many hazards including extremes of temperature, humidity, tearing, moths and even strong light, wrote The Times, adding that someone would have to accompany the tapestry on its trip to the United Kingdom and keep it in sight for the entire journey except for its time in the cargo hold.

"(The situation) is catastrophic" because migrants have no rights to pitch tents now, said Francois Guennoc of the aid group Auberge des Migrants, which also declined to meet with Macron.

Tests will be conducted to ensure the tapestry can be moved safely, the director of the Bayeux Museum, Antoine Verney said.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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