The French President spoke to Ukraine’s President-elect, Mr Petro Poroshenko, early this afternoon.
On behalf of the French people, he warmly congratulated him on achieving victory in the first round.
The election of Mr Poroshenko paves the way for a peaceful, political solution to the crisis in Ukraine.
François Hollande assured Mr Poroshenko of France’s support with a view to his country’s recovery and return to stability, in a spirit of national dialogue and conciliation.
He encouraged him to begin the political and economic reforms the Ukrainian people expect.
He invited Mr Poroshenko to the ceremonies commemorating the Normandy Landings on 6 June 2014./.