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China welcomes French president with Airbus deal

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China welcomed French President Francois Hollande on Thursday with a deal potentially worth billions for 60 Airbus planes as he became the first Western leader to pay court to Beijing's new supremo. 

French President Francois Hollande (standing L) and Chinese President Xi Jinping (standing R) oversee a signing ceremony between China and France at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on April 25, 2013. China welcomed Hollande Thursday with a deal potentially worth billions for 60 Airbus planes as he became the first Western leader to pay court to Beijing's new supremo.

Hollande came to China accompanied by a planeload of business executives, earning a brief respite from economic woes at home and the aftermath of a corruption scandal that has forced his budget minister to resign.

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