After being named Humanitarian of the Year, RiRi continues to improve the lives of others through the Clara and Lionel Foundation Scholarship Program and with her various charitable works. The pop star met with the newly elected French President Emmanuel Macron about education initiatives for young people Wednesday, July 26.
Thank you Mr. President @EmmanuelMacron and Madame First Lady for the incredible meeting and passion for global and girls education! ????????
— Rihanna (@rihanna) July 26, 2017
“I just had the most incredible meeting with the President and the First Lady,” Rihanna told ABC News in Paris. “They were incredibly welcoming to us, we focused on the topic of education from global aspects and we're going to make a very big announcement this coming September. We are going on to do even more work this October in Africa."
The meeting came in the midst of RiRi's press tour for the new film Valerian and The City of a Thousand Planets. It should also be noted that the meeting came after Macron made controversial statements about Africa in which he blamed birth rates and "civilizational issues" for the continent's woes. Despite these comments, the pop princess praised the man.
"I was so inspired and impressed with his leadership,” Rihanna said of Macron. “I can't wait for you guys to hear where this is going to go, but I think this is the year for education."
— Emmanuel Macron (@EmmanuelMacron) July 26, 2017