France's Sarkozy to meet Hu in Beijing next week

REU0235 2 OVR 103 ( C D E M O U MTL GRO SOF OIL BNX G RBN RNA AFA CSA LBY RWSA RWS REULB GNS Z RNP DNP PGE SXNA MCE PLCY EMRG WEU FR EUROP EZC CN FR+ ASIA G20 DIP GEN PIL EU POL ) LDE77I0PS FRANCE-CHINA/ (URGENT) France's Sarkozy to meet Hu in Beijing next week PARIS, Aug 21 (Reuters) - French President Nicolas Sarkozy will meet Chinese President Hu Jintao for talks on Thursday in Beijing, his office said on Sunday. Sarkozy, whose country holds the Group of 20 presidency this year, is adding a stop-off in China to a pre-planned trip to the French South Pacific territory of New Caledonia, following telephone discussions with other world leaders in recent days over the meltdown in financial markets. His office said he would meet Hu at 5 p.m. local time (0900 GMT) for talks followed by a dinner. (Reporting by Yann Le Guernigou; Writing by Catherine Bremer) REUTERS 1020 210811 GMT