Contents tagged with France

  • Zelensky rejects Macron's Olympic truce proposal, citing security concerns for Ukraine

    Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has turned down French President Emmanuel Macron's proposal for an "Olympic truce" during the upcoming Paris Games. "We are against any truce that benefits the enemy," Zelensky told Agence France-Presse. He explained that while Ukraine is not opposed to peace and ending the war, Moscow would exploit the pause to move additional troops into Ukrainian territory and launch a renewed offensive with fresh forces. "Who can guarantee that Russia won't use this …

  • France to deliver refurbished SCALP missiles to Ukraine

    In January, French President Emmanuel Macron announced that France was going to supply additional SCALP missiles (the French name for the Storm Shadow missile) to Ukraine.

    Prioritizing the supply of SCALP-EG long-range cruise missiles to Ukraine, France remains mindful to maintain its strategic stockpile, with Macron announcing the delivery of 40 such missiles back in January, marking the second shipment of these French-British munitions. The logistics operation for the delivery has been …

  • Macron seeks Olympic truce and supports neutral participation of Russian athletes in Paris Games

    French President Emmanuel Macron has expressed hope that hostilities in Russia's war against Ukraine and other military conflicts, particularly in the Middle East and Sudan, will cease during the Paris Olympic Games. In an interview with French media on Monday, April 15, Macron stated his commitment to "do everything possible to obtain an Olympic truce" for the upcoming Summer Games.

    "We want to work on an Olympic truce, and I think this is an opportunity for me to engage with many of our …

  • French Foreign Minister dismisses further talks with Russia, citing misleading statements after defense chiefs' call

    French Foreign Minister Stéphane Séjourné has stated that he is no longer interested in "discussions with Russian officials" following recent contacts between the defense chiefs of France and Russia, according to France 24.

    "Today, it is not in our interest to discuss with Russian officials, as the press releases they issue are false," the minister declared.

    On April 3, French Defense Minister Sébastien Lecornu had a phone call with his Russian counterpart Sergei Shoygu, marking the first …

  • Three French defence companies to set up weapon production in Ukraine

    Some French defence companies are planning to set up weapon production in Ukraine to support Kyiv in its struggle against Russian aggression, according to French Defence Minister Sebastien Lecornu.

    The Minister highlighted that three companies would forge partnerships with Ukrainian producers, especially in the unmanned aerial vehicles and ground vehicles sectors, to produce spare parts on Ukrainian soil, and possibly ammunition in the future.

    Though the minister didn't specify all three …

  • France to deliver new kamikaze drones to Ukraine in coming weeks

    The French government plans to deliver new kamikaze drones to Ukraine within the next few weeks, as reported by French Defense Minister Sébastien Lecornu in an interview with the Journal du Dimanche.

    He revealed that France is currently developing the kamikaze drone technology, which is in the experimental and testing phase.

    "In the coming weeks, Ukraine will be among the first to receive these drones. This also presents an opportunity for combat testing of this new generation of equipment," …

  • Paris accuses Russia of waging disinformation campaign against France

    Paris has accused Russia of deliberately spreading false information about France in the context of the war Moscow has waged against Ukraine. The French Defense Ministry pointed to a “coordinated Russian effort” involving state media outlets such as Sputnik News, RT, and RIA Novosti.

    France has been the "target of a Russian disinformation campaign" since Russian forces invaded the neighboring country in February 2022, Paris indicated. According to French officials, this campaign escalated from …

  • Macron announces upcoming Kyiv visit and enhanced military support for Ukraine

    French President Emmanuel Macron has announced his intention to visit Kyiv and sign a security guarantee agreement, along with providing Ukraine with an additional 40 long-range SCALP missiles and other military assistance.

    According to Macron, he is working with Kyiv on a bilateral security guarantee agreement expected to be signed within a few weeks. The French President also revealed that France was going to supply about 40 SCALP missiles, several hundred bombs, and CAESAR self-propelled …

  • Russian billionaire Alexei Kuzmichev detained in France on money laundering and tax evasion charges

    On the morning of October 30, French police detained Alexei Kuzmichev, co-owner of the Russian investment conglomerate Alpha Group, on suspicion of money laundering, tax evasion, and violations of European sanctions, reports the newspaper Le Monde . Search warrant were executed at his residence in central Paris and his villa in Saint-Tropez. Unconfirmed reports suggest that bundles of money were found at the oligarch's villa. The total amount has not been disclosed. Le Monde does not elaborate …

  • French company Turgis & Gaillard and Ukraine’s Antonov to jointly produce Aarok drones for Ukrainian Armed Forces

    French company Turgis & Gaillard has signed a contract with Ukrainian company Antonov for the joint production of Aarok MALE drones, reports La Tribune.

    According to the newspaper, the agreement was signed during the visit of French Defense Minister, Sebastien Lecornu, to Kyiv on September 28th.

    According to Fanny Turgis, President and Founder of Turgis & Gaillard, the drone "should start flying in Ukraine next year." She clarified that after signing the agreement, the Ukrainian and French …