(Recasts after Chirac remarks to reporters, PSA factory visit) By Tim Hepher and Elizabeth Pineau WUHAN, China, Oct 27 (Reuters) - French President Jacques Chirac lobbied hard to prevent China awarding strategic energy and rail deals to the United States and other economic rivals on Friday, making a rare visit by a foreign leader to inland China. Buoyed by more than $10 billion in deals on Thursday in Beijing, where he met President Hu Jintao, the French leader backed France's Areva in ...
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