French president, who met former Cuban leader in May 2015, said Castro 'incarnated the Cuban revolution' - including its later 'disillusionment'.
President Hollande said the Paris visit by Cuban president Raul Castro marked 'new stage' in strengthening of ties between the two countries.
The French president's trip to Cuba ended Tuesday after he met with the island's ailing revolutionary leader and brokered an oil exploration deal.
From Havana, the French president said Paris would urge 'measures which have so badly harmed Cuba's development can finally be repealed'.
French President François Hollande on Monday became the first French head of state to make an official visit to Cuba, and the first in Europe to make the trip since the rapprochement announced last December between Washington and Havana. The one-day visit – Hollande will leave for Haiti on Tuesday, ending a six-island tour of the Caribbean – is another important step for Cuba’s new-found normalisation on the international stage, but also a key event in France’s efforts to strengthen its presence in Latin America. Lénaïg Bredoux analyses what is at stake and reports on the buildup to the thaw in relations with a regime French foreign minister Laurent Fabius once described as a "loathsome" dictatorship.
Observers say historic visit to island by President François Hollande in May is as much about shoring up trade ties as politics and culture.
President François Hollande will become the first French head of state to visit the island since the end of the Cold War.
Most of the 41 injured, seven of whom are in a serious condition, were pensioners from the town of Ouistreham in Normandy.
Foreign minister Laurent Fabius said proposed fine for alleged sanctions busting by French bank was an 'unfair and unilateral decision'.
Laurent Fabius has met Cuban leader Raul Castro in first visit by senior French figure to the communist-run Caribbean island in 31 years.