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Bono praises French debt efforts

Posted on Tuesday, July 17 @ 08:25:59 CEST by macphisto

(BBC News) -- U2 singer Bono has thanked French prime minister Lionel Jospin for his country's efforts to write off the debt of the world's poorest countries.
"The fact that France is the country in the world which has done most to write off the debt is not very well-known," said the Irish singer.

Bono went to Jospin's office on Monday to deliver the message and to ask for further French help to, in his words, "finish what we have started".

France has written off the debt of 34 of the world's 41 poorest countries.

Final push

Bono is supporting the campaign Drop The Debt in its efforts to influence the G8 summit in Genoa this weekend.

The debt relief campaign was due to be wound up in December 2000, but its backers have decided to extend its work to make one final push in Genoa where they will call for the complete cancellation of debt owed by developing countries.

Drop the Debt is supported by groups such as Christian Aid, Mother's Union, Oxfam, Tearfund, United Reform Church, CAFOD and the union UNISON, as well as celebrities Bob Geldof, Muhammad Ali and Bono himself.

"I have come to thank the prime minister, but also the president [Jacques Chirac], who have helped us a lot and all those who are involved in these activities," Bono said on his visit to Paris.

Bono was also in Paris to give concerts on Tuesday and Wednesday as part of U2's Elevation Tour.

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