President Hollande defends his meeting with Fidel Castro despite criticism
Under the fire of criticism in France from his opponents of UMP party, President Francois Hollande defended on Tuesday his meeting with Fidel Castro, ensuring that his intention "was not to give a blank check to anyone."
"Could I come to Cuba to talk about partnership, to discuss the future and ignore history, ignore the 40 years during which Fidel Castro was responsible for the country?”
His meeting with the leader of the Cuban revolution was harshly criticized by the UMP party, which described it as a "moral offense" and accused him of "complacency" with the Cuban regime.
Hollande became the first French president to officially visit Cuba after more than a century, and in the framework of the visit he met for about an hour with Fidel Castro, and then with his brother, President Raul Castro, who succeeded him in 2006.