Wednesday 24 April 2019

Bono meets Macrons in Paris to talk about fight against poverty

Bono pictured with Brigitte Macron, wife of the French President, at the Elysee Palace in Paris. Photo: REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer
Bono pictured with Brigitte Macron, wife of the French President, at the Elysee Palace in Paris. Photo: REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer

Alan Martin

U2's Bono took time out ahead of the band's shows in Paris this week to meet French President Emmanuel Macron at the Elysée Palace for talks about poverty.

Bono met Mr Macron for more than an hour yesterday to discuss the singer's non-governmental organisation ONE, which is working to tackle extreme poverty and preventable disease, particularly in Africa.

Accompanied by French first lady Brigitte Macron afterward, Bono said one of the main issues in the fruitful talks was the education of girls and women in Africa.

Bono, a high-profile activist, is no stranger to the French presidential palace, having met former presidents Jacques Chirac, Nicolas Sarkozy and Francois Hollande.

The singer was awarded the Legion of Honour, the highest French order of merit for military and civil merits, in 2003.

The band take their Joshua Tree Tour to the Stade de France in the capital today and tomorrow.

Irish Independent

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