Macron will be on TV on Wednesday at 8pm, the Elysée confirmed earlier on Wednesday.
Macron also tweeted the announcement, saying that his speech will be on the subject of the war in Ukraine.
Mes chers compatriotes,
Je m’adresserai à vous ce soir à 20h sur la guerre en Ukraine.
— Emmanuel Macron (@EmmanuelMacron) March 2, 2022
His office added that the president’s speech “will not touch on other matters” – Macron has only until Friday to confirm whether or not he is running for re-election.
It is widely considered to be extremely unlikely that he would not stand in the April elections, but all candidates have until Friday, March 4th, to make their declaration.
Macron’s team had previously announced a rally in Marseille on Saturday, March 5th, which was expected to be the first official campaign event, but on Tuesday this was cancelled because of the ongoing international crisis.
Macron was at the forefront of international efforts to find a diplomatic resolution to the crisis, and since Russia invaded Ukraine he has remained in close contact with Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky, and has also spoken – at the request of Zelensky – to Russian premier Vladimir Putin.