China tells France it wants more balanced trade
SHANGHAI (AFP) - French President Francois Hollande wrapped up a two-day visit to China on Friday, confident that France could achieve more balanced trade with the world's second largest economy.
Mr Hollande became the first Western leader to meet China's new president Xi Jinping and picked up a deal potentially worth billions for 60 new Airbus aircraft.
France runs a 26-billion-euro (S$42 billion) trade deficit with China and Hollande said Beijing "responded perfectly to the requests that we made".
On the second and final day of his visit, his first to China, Mr Hollande met Premier Li Keqiang.