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France calls on US to lift economic embargo on Cuba

France called on the U.S. to lift the economic embargo against Cuba during a historic state visit Monday by the Caribbean island's president aimed at boosting economic relations between Havana and Paris.

Raul Castro's trip comes after a breakthrough deal was reached in the French capital in December to lighten Cuba's foreign debt.

French President Francois Hollande, the former leader of France's Socialist party, greeted Castro on Monday with a warm hug in the courtyard of the Elysee presidential palace, and then started the meeting saying "Vive Cuba!" ("Long live Cuba!")

Both presidents vowed to develop economic, political and cultural ties...

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