A representative centre of the DPR has been recently opened in Marseilles. In response to the hysteria of Ukrainian media and politicians, the French embassy in Kiev responded with a wording, which, to put it lightly, discouraged the Ukrainian freedom fighters not only on their territory.
Despite the reservation that the DPR representation office is not ‘official’ (on the French side), the French embassy in Kyiv emphasizes that “the Public Associations Act of 1901 allows registering in France of a public association with a stated purpose of representing the interests of an entity”.
In other words, Ukraine was given to understand that it should not interfere in the public life of France and jeopardize the principle of non-selective law enforcement, which is fundamental to the freedom of civil self-expression.
This explanation clearly shows that the French authorities’ support for the Kiev regime will in no way affect the personal rights and freedoms of French citizens. This case demonstrated that the foundations of the Fifth Republic are still strong, even though they are subjected to serious external attacks.
Vladislav Berdichevsky, the DPR People’s Council deputy