Analysts said the visit will help the countries renew dialogue under new leaderships and enhance China-EU ties.
A significant portion of the 60 planes will be manufactured at an Airbus factory in Tianjin, an industry source told AFP on condition of anonymity.
The countries signed 17 other agreements ¬on tourism, agricultural products, nuclear power and urbanization.
French nuclear giant Areva and Chinese energy group China National Nuclear Corporation signed letters of intent on the construction of a nuclear-waste
France registered a $34 billion trade deficit with China last year, and the country accounts for less than 2 percent of China’s foreign trade.
"There is an imbalance in our foreign trade, and we hope to correct that," Hollande said. "Not by reducing our investment and exports, but by increasing them further, and we will be discussing this throughout our meetings and on this trip."
"For example, nuclear energy and aircraft are two pillars of the French economy, while exports of these products are limited," he said.
Martine Aubry, special representative of the French Foreign Affair Ministry to China, said France should develop its market share in China.