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U2's Bono Meets French President Macron & First Lady to Discuss Poverty

Brigitte Trogneux, Emmanuel Macron's wife, welcomes Bono of U2 at the Elysee Palace on July 24, 2017 in Paris.
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Brigitte Trogneux, Emmanuel Macron's wife, welcomes Bono of U2 at the Elysee Palace on July 24, 2017 in Paris. 

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 (July 24) to discuss the U2 frontman'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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