France: Castro marks beginning of renewed bilateral relations with Paris

During his state visit to France, Cuban President Raul Castro met with French President Francois Hollande at Elysee Palace in Paris on Monday.
During the visit, the two leaders are due to sign a bilateral agreement between France and Cuba, renewing ties after Paris wrote off $4 billion (€3.6 billion) of the island state’s debt in December.
"Today we open a new page in history between France and Cuba and from there, between Europe and Cuba. And tomorrow between Cuba and the world. Because we want Cuba to be accompanied, to fully participate in the idea of an international community", said Francois Hollande during the press briefing.
The two leaders stressed their common desire to maintain strong economic and cultural relations between the two countries and beyond, with the European Union.