U2's Bono Meets French President Macron to Discuss Poverty

Paris (AP) -- French President Emmanuel Macron has received pop singer and philanthropist Bono at the Elysee Palace in Paris for talks about poverty.

Bono speaks with Brigitte Macronfollowing his visit to the Elysee Palace in Paris on July 24, 2017.

Photographer: Jacques Demarthon/AFP via Getty Images

Bono met with Macron for over an hour Monday to discuss the U2 front man's non-governmental organization ONE, which — its website says — takes "action to end 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 Honor, the highest French order of merit for military and civil merits, in 2003.

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