French President Francois Hollande mingles with the crowd in Havana, on May 11, 2015. AFP/ALAIN JOCARD
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French President Francois Hollande called Monday for an end to the U.S. embargo on Cuba during a historic visit to the island, the first by a Western leader since Washington and Havana moved to restore ties.Hollande, traveling with a host of French business executives, is the first serving Western European leader to visit Cuba since Spanish Prime Minister Felipe Gonzalez came in 1986, and he said he expected others to soon follow his example.Hollande also urged Cuba to open up its economy, saying there was vast interest in doing business with the island.Hollande said on arrival in Havana that it filled him with "great emotion" to be the first French leader to visit Cuba since it gained independence in 1898 .France has long opposed the U.S. embargo of Cuba, and lifting it would help French companies doing business here.
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