March 21, 2022

“More than 10,000” Ukrainians have arrived in France, interior minister says

Ukrainians queue outside a refugee welcome center in Paris, France, on March 17.  (Alain Jocard/AFP/Getty Images)

More than 10,000 Ukrainian refugees have crossed into France since the beginning of the Russian invasion, French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin told French broadcaster RTL on Monday.

Speaking of the number of Ukrainian arrivals, he said, “It’s more than 10,000 but it’s probably many more.”

Darmanin added that Ukrainian nationals can enter France without a visa.

Many of those arriving were only passing through France, mainly heading towards the large Ukrainian community in Spain, he said.

“It’s certain that tens of thousands of Ukrainians are going to arrive in the country in the days and weeks to come,” Darmanin said.

At the request of French President Emmanuel Macron, the country is also preparing for possible Russian cyber interference in April’s presidential election, Darmanin said.

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