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U2's Bono meets French president Macron to discuss poverty

French President Emmanuel Macron has met pop singer and philanthropist Bono at the Elysee Palace in Paris for talks about poverty.

Bono met with Mr Macron for more than an hour to discuss the U2 frontman's non-governmental organisation ONE, which - its website says - takes "action to end extreme poverty and preventable disease, particularly in Africa".

Accompanied by French first lady Brigitte Macron afterwards, 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.

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