French cinema icon Alain Delon will join TV presenter Cyril Viguier to interview Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky on September 23, French media reported.
The Ukrainian leader will speak to several French news agencies before his address to the United Nations General Assembly. Viguier, a veteran journalist for the TV5Monde network, will lead the media team in Kiev, while Delon, a longtime acquaintance of Viguier, will join them remotely from France, according to the report.
The 86-year-old actor made a rare public appearance earlier this week to show support for Ukraine over Russia. Delon said in an interview recorded on Viguier’s show on Monday that he “Extremely sad and emotional” by conflict and he was “Come on” for the people of Ukraine.
He also recited a poem by the 19th-century Ukrainian writer Taras Shevchenko, who is considered a key figure in the Ukrainian state. Titled ‘The Will’, the work is one of Shevchenko’s most famous works. It embodies his wish to be buried in Ukraine and for their people to then rise, breaking their chains and sprinkling their freedom with the blood of their enemies.
Delon suffered a stroke a few years ago and is said to be considering ending his life by death in Switzerland, where it is legal.
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