Ukrainian first lady Olena Zelenska bound for Paris on fundraising mission

AFP - JAMES MANNING

The wife of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, Olena Zelenska, will arrive in Paris Monday for her first trip to France since Russia invaded Ukraine in February.

Zelenska will be welcomed at the Elysee Palace on Monday by Brigitte Macron and attend a number of events in support of Ukraine.

Members of Kyiv’s government including the Ukrainian Prime Minister, Denys Chmyhal, and several ministers in charge of reconstruction are part of the delegation.

On Tuesday Zelenska will take part, alongside President Emmanuel Macron, in the “Solidarity of the Ukrainian people” international conference, announced by Macron in early November after a call with Volodymyr Zelensky.

The Ukrainian President, who has not left his country since the war started will make a statement via video during the meeting, held at the Quai d’Orsay.

On the same day, Finance minister Bruno Le Maire will be hosting a bilateral forum intended to mobilise French companies in favour of Ukraine, in the sectors of infrastructure, health, energy, digital and agriculture.

Three hundred companies are set to participate – including Airbus, Alstom, and Dassault.

School visit, fundraising

On Tuesday afternoon, Brigitte Macron will accompany Zelenska to a school in the centre of Paris, with the Minister of Education, Pap Ndiaye, to visit Ukrainian students who have been given asylum in France.


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