PARIS, Nov. 5 (Xinhua) -- French media Friday spoke highly of Chinese President Hu Jintao's visit to the European country, saying that it would boost bilateral relations and cooperation.
Most local media covered the warm welcome Hu received upon his arrival, with the Le Figaro newspaper saying that Paris is pleased to receive the Chinese president on the first leg of his European visit which turns a new page for the relations between the two countries.
The website of Le Figaro carried a report on the support given by China to France for its rotating G20 presidency, saying it is a timely visit ahead of the upcoming G20 summit.
The Les Echos, a French daily, covered in detail the red carpet welcome given by French President Nicolas Sarkozy and first lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy to Hu at the airport.
The agreements signed by the two sides are greatly significant, said a report by the paper on "14-billion-euro" deals between Beijing and Paris.
French Economy Minister Christine Lagarde said on Friday that she was very satisfied with the state visit of Hu, and that the visit was very successful in terms of what has been achieved.
Shortly after his arrival in Paris on Thursday, Hu witnessed the signing of a number of bilateral cooperation agreements covering nuclear energy, aviation, finance, energy efficiency, environmental protection, climate change and culture. The two sides agreed to enhance the cooperation in traditional sectors and expand it to cover new areas.
France is a major exporter of goods and technology to China within the European Union (EU). In the first eight months of this year, two-way trade topped 29 billion U.S. dollars, up nearly 40 percent year on year. The total for this year is expected to reach 40 billion dollars.
Hu and Sarkozy also agreed in their talks on Thursday to double bilateral trade by 2015.
Lagarde said the agreements signed between the two sides during Hu's visit were satisfactory in terms of both their value and diversity.
She is especially glad to see the prospective cooperation between the two sides on building ecological cities in China, the minister said, adding that France has real experience that can be helpful.
The enterprises that signed cooperation agreements with China said they saw a market of great potential, according to the media reports.
Anne Lauvergeon, chief executive officer of nuclear energy giant Areva, said that the agreements marked a new stage in the coopeartion between Areva and their Chinese partners and that they are of strategic importance in the world's largest nuclear energy market.