Macron set for celeb-filled week as Bono and Rihanna visit Elysée

Emmanuel Macron has a celeb-filled week ahead as he gets ready to welcome U2 rock star Bono and singer Rihanna to the presidential palace.

Macron set for celeb-filled week as Bono and Rihanna visit Elysée
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French President Macron is set to welcome U2 singer and philanthropist Bono and Barbadian singer, songwriter, and actress Rihanna to the Elysée Palace. 
Bono, whose real name is Paul David Hewson, is meeting France's head of state in a bid to champion his organisation One which battles against extreme poverty and illness, particularly in Africa. 
But it's far from the first time the U2 singer – somewhat of a habitué at the presidential palace – has sat down with a French head of state. 
Ex-president Francois Hollande also welcomed the Irish rocker to the Elysée for a 45-minute meeting alongside another guest, the billionaire co-founder of Microsoft Bill Gates. 
Bono at the 2017 commemorative ceremony for the Nice attacks. Photo: AFP 
And in 2008, Bono was invited to the Elysée Palace by ex-president Nicolas Sarkozy after flattering both France and its then-leader, saying that the country “plays an integral role on the African continent”, and adding that he admired Sarkozy's “energy and vision”. 
The singer also made a particular impression on ex-president Jacques Chirac who in 2003 awarded Bono the Legion of Honour (Légion d'Honneur), the highest French order of merit for military and civil merits, established by Napoléon. 
But Bono isn't the only celebrity set to visit the Elysée Palace this week with singer Rihanna also due to meet with Macron on Wednesday.
The singer asked the new French president in June on Twitter whether he would commit to Global Partnership for Education of which she is the ambassador and Macron responded with an invitation to meet with him. 


Macron to make live TV broadcast to France

French president Emmanuel Macron will make a live TV broadcast to the nation about the war in Ukraine.

Macron to make live TV broadcast to France

Macron will be on TV on Wednesday at 8pm, the Elysée confirmed earlier on Wednesday.

Macron also tweeted the announcement, saying that his speech will be on the subject of the war in Ukraine.

His office added that the president’s speech “will not touch on other matters” – Macron has only until Friday to confirm whether or not he is running for re-election.

It is widely considered to be extremely unlikely that he would not stand in the April elections, but all candidates have until Friday, March 4th, to make their declaration.

Macron’s team had previously announced a rally in Marseille on Saturday, March 5th, which was expected to be the first official campaign event, but on Tuesday this was cancelled because of the ongoing international crisis.

Macron was at the forefront of international efforts to find a diplomatic resolution to the crisis, and since Russia invaded Ukraine he has remained in close contact with Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky, and has also spoken – at the request of Zelensky – to Russian premier Vladimir Putin.

The Local will be following Macron’s speech live from 8pm HERE.