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French President Macron says contract with China for 184 A320s to be finalised soon

Reuters  |  BEIJING 

(Reuters) - French said a contract with for 184 would be finalised soon and that his country also had ambitions to sell and planes to in coming weeks or months.

"On the order for 184 A320s, it's something that will be finalised shortly," said during his state visit to China, adding it was confirmed to him by Chinese

"And we also have ambitions on and mid-range and large carriers in the weeks or months to come," said.

The French also said had assured him it would respect market-share parity between and

regularly splits large orders between and the to cope with its fast-expanding airline traffic, but the momentum has recently been with rival Boeing, which sold 300 jets during a visit by U.S. last year.

China, however, placed a large order for 140 jets during a visit to by Xi last July.

New orders for jetliners have historically featured during such visits by French leaders. However, none was announced during Macron's visit, although sources familiar with the negotiations said there were talks about an order of 100 more or jets.

signed a provisional deal on Tuesday to boost the number of family jets assembled in to six a month by 2020 from four at present.

declined to comment on Wednesday.

(Reporting by and Monitoring Desk; additional reporting by in Singapore; Editing by and Stephen Coates)

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First Published: Wed, January 10 2018. 12:15 IST