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    French President Calls for Lifting Trade Embargo Against Cuba

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    French President Francois Hollande on Saturday called for full lifting of economic embargo imposed on Cuba, following the death of Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro.

    PARIS (Sputnik) Fidel Castro died on Friday, at the age of 90, as announced by his brother, incumbent Cuban President Raul Castro, on state television earlier in the day.

    "Speaking on the occasion of Fidel Castro's death, I would like to stress that the embargo that has a negative impact on Cuba should be lifted," Hollande said, as quoted by the BFMTV broadcaster.

    The French official added that Cuba should be a full-fledged partner within the framework of the international community.

    The United States announced a complete economic blockade of Cuba in 1960 during the Cold War due to differences between Washington and the Soviet-backed communist government in Havana.

    In December 2014, US President Barack Obama announced the United States would normalize relations with Cuba after more than 50 years of non-engagement and hostilities. While the two countries reopened embassies in their respective capitals in July 2015, the congressionally-mandated US trade embargo continues to remain in effect.

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