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Madagascar: Hollande calls on US to lift Cuban embargo after Castro’s death02:11

Madagascar: Hollande calls on US to lift Cuban embargo after Castro’s death

Madagascar, Antananarivo
November 26, 2016 at 03:34 GMT +00:00 · Published

French President Francois Hollande joined other world leaders on Saturday in offering his condolences on the passing of former Cuban leader Fidel Castro, who died at the age of 90 on Friday. Hollande was speaking during a joint press conference with his Malagasy counterpart Hery Rajaonarimampianina in Antananarivo.

Hollande, who met Castro in 2015 and became the first French leader to visit the country since the Cuban revolution, commended the impact of the revolutionary leader:

"Fidel Castro has been a great figure of the 20th Century. He raised a lot of hopes with the Cuban revolution. He has been a reference for many people, in Latin America specially."

A global revolutionary icon, Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruz served as leader of Cuba's Marxist-Leninist following his key role in the Cuban revolution, governing as prime minister from 1959 to 1976 and then as President from 1976 to 2008.

Born in 1926 in Biran on his father's farm, Fidel entered student politics in 1940 and was an active participant in leftist protests. He remained in the spotlight of political developments for the second half of the 20th century until the beginning of the 21st century.

In 2008 he handed the reins of power over to his younger brother Raul and slowly withdrew from Cuba's political scene. Labelled as the world's last Cold War leader, Castro survived a turbulent century, geopolitical tensions and dozens of US assassination attempts against him.

Madagascar: Hollande calls on US to lift Cuban embargo after Castro’s death02:11
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French President Francois Hollande joined other world leaders on Saturday in offering his condolences on the passing of former Cuban leader Fidel Castro, who died at the age of 90 on Friday. Hollande was speaking during a joint press conference with his Malagasy counterpart Hery Rajaonarimampianina in Antananarivo.

Hollande, who met Castro in 2015 and became the first French leader to visit the country since the Cuban revolution, commended the impact of the revolutionary leader:

"Fidel Castro has been a great figure of the 20th Century. He raised a lot of hopes with the Cuban revolution. He has been a reference for many people, in Latin America specially."

A global revolutionary icon, Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruz served as leader of Cuba's Marxist-Leninist following his key role in the Cuban revolution, governing as prime minister from 1959 to 1976 and then as President from 1976 to 2008.

Born in 1926 in Biran on his father's farm, Fidel entered student politics in 1940 and was an active participant in leftist protests. He remained in the spotlight of political developments for the second half of the 20th century until the beginning of the 21st century.

In 2008 he handed the reins of power over to his younger brother Raul and slowly withdrew from Cuba's political scene. Labelled as the world's last Cold War leader, Castro survived a turbulent century, geopolitical tensions and dozens of US assassination attempts against him.