French President Macron meets Rihanna to discuss global education

Source: Xinhua| 2017-07-27 16:42:11|Editor: Yurou Liang
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PARIS, July 27 (Xinhua) -- French President Emmanuel Macron Wednesday met Barbados-born pop singer Rihanna at the Elysee Palace to address education goals across the globe.

Macron twitted after the meeting that he is "committed" to taking up the challenge of 264 million out-of-school children.

The Barbadian singer was in Paris, seeking France's contribution to her education fund for developing countries. She founded the Clara Lionel Foundation in 2012, a nonprofit organization that promotes global education and health programs.

"We focused on the topic of education from global aspects, and we will make a very big announcement this coming September," Rihanna told reporters here.

The singer said she was "so inspired and impressed" with the newly elected president's leadership, but she didn't reveal whether Macron had made a pledge to her fund.

Last month, Rihanna, who has more than 75 million followers on Twitter, tweeted the French president: "bonjour @EmmanuelMacron, will France commit to #FundEducation?"

She has recently used it to approach other global leaders such as Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.