"How are you doing? Bonsoir. It wasn't really a meeting. It was really more of a conversation actually. I haven't had many conversations quite like that and the president was very open to find new, innovative ways to solve the problems affecting the world's poor. We talked about the refugee crisis and how most Europeans now understand that what happens on the continent of Africa matters to them and we talked about Brigitte has a real passion for girls education, I guess because she is a teacher, and we talked about how to deal with 130 million girls not going to school and how this president wants to work on that. He reconfirmed his committment to getting to 0.55 by 2022, which was really important for all our campaigners. ONE, by the way, has eight million members, three million of them in Africa and I think 400,000 of them in France. So this is becoming very important to the French people and it's clearly very important for the French president. So thank you very much."
5. Medium shot Bono walking to car and waving to press
French President Emmanuel Macron has received pop singer and philanthropist Bono at the Elysee Palace in Paris for talks about poverty.
Bono met with Macron for over an hour Monday (24 JULY 2017) 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.