then why not? They love France, but France must welcome them well. (They) have a lot of cash on them ... so there has to be safety and we still have things to do to ensure that," Fabius said.
France's trade deficit, which hit a record of 74 billion euros ($102 billion) in 2011 has fallen to about 61 billion euros but remains one of the starkest signs of French firms' loss of competitiveness on international markets.
Chinese President Xi Jinping visited Paris in March to mark the 50 years of diplomatic relations between the two countries. Recognition of the People's Republic of China by France in 1964, earlier than many Western countries, forms part of France's claim to a special relationship.
Nevertheless, France trails far behind Germany on the trade front, accounting for just 1.2 percent of Chinese imports compared with 4.8 percent.