Bolsonaro and Macron are inspiration for Zelensky, says biographer of the Ukrainian president

“When one of us asked Zelensky what his inspirations are, he immediately replied Macron and Bolsonaro”, says Stéphane Siohan, French journalist, correspondent in Ukraine since 2013, in an interview with the BFMTV channel, on the last day 26 of May.

Siohan wrote, together with Régis Genté, a biography about the Ukrainian president entitled Volodymyr Zelensky, dans la tête d’un héros (Volodymyr Zelensky, in the mind of a hero, in free translation). The book was published this month by French publisher Robert Laffont.

According to the biographer, Zelensky spoke about the Brazilian and French presidents at a luncheon with six journalists. The meeting took place in March 2019, two months before assuming the presidency of the country. “We didn’t know exactly what he meant,” commented the biographer.

Then, Siohan spoke about the prominence that the Ukrainian president gave to the Frenchman, Emmanuel Macron, during the conversation. “He said he had an aesthetic admiration for Macron.” According to the journalist, Zelensky meant that he identifies with the French president in terms of age (both were born at the end of the years 1970) and that he respects the way Macron leads France.

Book tries to understand the fascination with the Ukrainian president

During the broadcast of the program, the writer also talked about Zelensky’s personality. “Three years observing this phenomenon, it is evident that he is excellent in preparing the videos he makes daily. I believe he writes most of the scripts himself, but he also has a counselor who helps him with cultural references”, he points out.

The biographer of the Ukrainian president also commented on Zelensky’s ability to memorize, due to his profession as an actor, but highlighted the problems in the speech of the leader of Ukraine. “When you ask Zelensky a question, he can get nervous and go on long digressions, in addition to having difficulty formulating thoughts”.

The authors Sthéphane Siohan and Régis Genté explained, in the television, who wrote the book about the Ukrainian president to try to understand the fascination aroused by him. Volodymyr Zelensky began his career as a comedian and artistic producer, before heading the country.

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