France’s Finance and Economy Minister Bruno Le Maire was in Kyiv yesterday, and presided over the signing of for agreements totaling €1.3 billion for the purchase of French goods and services.

 For comparison, France-Ukraine trade during 2020 was valued at €1.6 billion.

“These projects will help improve the living conditions of Ukrainians,” Le Maire told Interfax-Ukraine.

“We are talking about drinking water, mobility, security and civil protection.” The Economy Minister noted that 160 French companies in Ukraine employ 30,000 people. Bertrand Barrier, President of the French-Ukrainian Chamber of Commerce, welcomed the agreements, saying they reflect growing French interest in investing in Ukraine.