France

French court boosts the fight against corruption

Ill-gotten gains never prosper; except, it would seem, when falling into the hands of leaders of the some of the world’s poorest countries. It is estimated that the fortune misappropriated by some leaders in recent decades represents at least 100 billion dollars. Perhaps even 1,000 billion, according to the former head of the IMF, Michel…

A new precedent in Paris

Every show on the U2 360° Tour, I encourage my volunteers to try and out do every other previous group of volunteers. It’s a tough challenge: in every city I have a great group that works hard all day long. But from now on the challenge might be impossible, as the volunteers in Paris not…

A tale of two ONE groups

In Paris and London this weekend, ONE members came together – without any prompting – to start organising to take further action as ONE. At the core of both groups were long time ONE members who had their first chance to volunteer with ONE at the U2 concerts in Paris, London, Sheffield, and Cardiff. I…

Will France forge a new partnership with Africa?

Last week ONE’s DATA report heavily criticised France for failing to keep its promises on the quantity of aid that is going to support economic development and poverty reduction in Africa. Since then there have been two interesting developments relating to the quality of French aid, which is of course just as important. The first…

Bono Blogs on Meeting French President Sarkozy

Bono has been blogging today from the United Nations’s Summit on the MDG’s in NYC. The below post he wrote after meeting with the President of France, Nicolas Sarkozy. You can read his complete posts at FT.com. Tough meeting with the Président de la République of France. He’s a tough guy. We like tough guys…

DATA Report Launches in Paris

ONE just wrapped up the launch of the DATA Report 2008 in Paris. What an event! We had an amazing group of panelists that included rockstars, advocates, development experts and doctors. A room full of journalists seemed to get the message loud and clear: aid is delivering remarkable results across Africa. Now we need to…