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Cuban president starts official visit to France
Published on February 2, 2016 Email To Friend    Print Version


PARIS, France (ACN) -- Cuban President Raul Castro started his official visit to France with a welcome ceremony under the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, Prensa Latina news agency reported.

During the ceremony, presided over by Marie-Ségolène Royal, French minister of ecology, sustainable development and energy, they performed the traditional laying of a floral wreath to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and played both national anthems.

Later, the Cuban head of state travelled the Champs-Elysees, which was decked out in Cuban flags.

On Monday afternoon, French President Francois Holland was due to meet with his Cuban counterpart at the Élysée Palace, the official residence of the presidents of France, and they will hold a press conference, before a state dinner to honour the Cuban president.

Castro arrived in Paris on Saturday, leading a delegation that includes Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez, Vice-President Ricardo Cabrisas and Foreign Investment Minister Rodrigo Malmierca, among others.
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