Emmanuel Macron and Brigitte TrogneuxFirst round of the French presidential elections 2017, Paris, France - 23 Apr 2017French presidential election candidate for the 'En Marche!' (Onwards!) political movement, Emmanuel Macron (R) celebrates with his wife Brigitte Trogneux (L) after the first round of the French presidential elections in Paris, France, 23 April 2017. Media reports that polling agencies projections place Macron and far-right Front National (FN) party candidate Marine Le-Pen in the lead positions for the vote. France will hold the second round of the presidential elections on 07 May 2017.

POP CONNECTIONS: Could President Emmanuel Macron be looking to boost his ratings through meet-and-greets with not one, but two global pop-rock icons in a week?

France’s leader, who on Bastille Day earlier this month treated U.S. President Donald Trump to a cred-enhancing performance by a French military band based on a mash-up of hits by Daft Punk, this evening will be entertaining Irish rock star and activist Bono at the Élysée Palace.

The U2 frontman — as the founder of the One Campaign, a campaigning and advocacy organization that has as its mission ending extreme poverty and preventable disease, particularly in Africa — is on first-name terms with a number of world leaders. On Tuesday, Bono will be performing with his group at Paris’ Stade de France.

Bono and Brigitte Trogneux

Bono and Brigitte Trogneux  Alfonso Jimenez/REX/Shutterstock

Macron on Wednesday will be meeting with another activist pop star, Rihanna, the Élysée Palace confirmed.

The Barbadian singer, founder of the American nonprofit organization Clara Lionel Foundation, in June publicly messaged Macron and the leaders of Germany, Argentina and Canada, asking about their commitment to support education in the developing world.

Macron is hosting the two pop stars as his ratings countrywide have dropped by 10 points, to 54 percent, since being elected in May. That marks the biggest decline for a new president since Jacques Chirac in the mid-Nineties.


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