French president to stop in China on way to N.Caledonia

DVBP965 4 P 0102 FRA /AFP-VE53 France-China-diplomacy French president to stop in China on way to N.Caledonia PARIS, Aug 21, 2011 (AFP) - French President Nicolas Sarkozy will stop over in Beijing for talks with his Chinese counterpart Thursday on his way to a visit to New Caledonia, his office said. The talks with President Hu Jintao have been scheduled for 5:00 pm (0900 GMT). Sarkozy will be in New Caledonia, a French overseas territory, for the Pacific Games, a multi-sport event much like the Olympics but on a smaller scale, that take place in Noumea from Saturday to September 10. npk/gk/ss AFP 211017 GMT AUG 11