French Senate President Gérard Larcher and a delegation from the upper house of the French Parliament visited Kyiv on July 9 and met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.
Verkhovna Rada Chairman Ruslan Stefanchuk said on Facebook that while speaking in the parliament session hall this morning, Larcher emphasized that the French Senate and the national parliaments of Europe would support Ukraine from the candidate status to the approval of the decision on joining the EU.
"The heart of European parliamentarianism is beating in these walls, in the parliament building," Stefanchuk quoted Larcher as saying.
"What a joy to see the EU flag along with the Ukrainian one in this hall. Twelve stars on a blue background are a symbol of unity and hope. And this flag unites us from Paris to Kyiv, from Kyiv to Brussels."
Later, Zelenskyy reported on Telegram messenger about his meeting with Larcher and the French delegates.
The Ukrainian president thanked Paris for supporting Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, as well as for its important assistance to Ukraine’s army and people during the full-scale Russian invasion of the country.
Earlier Ukraine's Ambassador to France Vadym Omelchenko said that Russian influence in the country was decreasing, and "the French seem to have woken up," and "the level of support for Ukraine is very serious."
French President Emmanuel Macron said during the G7 summit that "Russia can't and shouldn't win" and that support for Ukraine and sanctions against Moscow would continue "as long as necessary."
Macron also announced that Paris would transfer additional Caesar howitzers and "a significant amount of armored vehicles" to Kyiv.