Macron Presents Legion of Honor Medal to Zelensky During Paris Visit

French President Emmanuel Macron said that France would help Ukraine “to victory” against the Russian invasion, during a visit from Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on February 8.

In a joint statement on Wednesday night in Paris, Macron pledged continued military support to Ukraine .

“We stand by Ukraine, determined to help it to victory," he said. "Ukraine can count on France and its allies to win the war, Russia should not and will not win the war.”

“Just as we have made new deliveries of defense equipment in recent weeks, we are continuing this effort and we are discussing Ukraine’s operational needs together this evening.”

This footage shows Macron presenting Zelensky with the Legion of Honor medal, which is the “highest distinction that a president can give to his counterpart” according to local reports. Credit: Emmanuel Macron via Storyful

Video transcript



VOLODYMYR ZELENSKYY: So, I-- I said, as President, I said that I, think, it's too much for me. And that's why we address it-- I addressed, the President address, of course, for all our people, for Ukrainians, for our society, and the great honor to be here.

And thank you for all your support. Thank you. Thank you, sir.