French foreign minister on historic visit to Cuba

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France's Foreign Affairs Minister Fabius leaves after the first cabinet meeting of the new government at the Elysee Palace in ParisBy Marc Frank HAVANA (Reuters) – France’s foreign minister was expected to arrive in Cuba on Saturday for a brief but historic visit, the first by such a high-ranking French official in 30 years and a sign of the quickening pace of improving ties between the European Union and Havana. Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius was scheduled to have a working lunch with his Cuban counterpart Bruno Rodriguez before meeting with Cardinal Jaime Ortega and then French businessmen. “We expect him to discuss the start of a political dialogue that will include human rights, and business opportunities provided by economic reforms on the island,” a French diplomat said, adding that no agreements would be signed.