PARIS - Agence France-Presse
High profile rockers turned aid campaigners Bob Geldof and Bono Monday hammered G8 countries for falling far behind in aid pledges to Africa and urged France to take a stand as next EU president to end the "disgrace."
Flanked by French tennis star Yannick Noah and Benin singer Angelique Kidjo, the pair of Irish rock'n'roll aid icons said a 2005 pledge by G8 nations to deliver an extra $22 billion to Africa by 2010 was currently only 14 percent fulfilled.
"It is a disgrace that the rich world has failed so miserably," said Geldof. "It is a disgrace that the lucky part of the world gives a small fraction of its wealth to poor who live just 12 kilometers away."
With French aid to Africa cut back last year and the country due to take on the key post of rotating European Union presidency next month, President Nicolas Sarkozy had a special role to play, the campaigners said.
"European credibility is on the line," Bono said.