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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)