ABU DHABI (Reuters/AFP) - France and Pakistan are negotiating a partnership including nuclear cooperation and French President Nicolas Sarkozy could travel to Pakistan in the autumn to sign a deal, a source close to Sarkozy said on Monday. The source said talks were ongoing on a wide variety of issues including nuclear security. Were in the process of negotiating. Weve given ourselves two or three more months, said the source close to Sarkozy during a short visit by the French president to Abu Dhabi, where he will open a French military base on Tuesday. Sarkozy met President Asif Ali Zardari in Paris on May 15 and was reported by the Pakistani foreign minister as saying that France wanted Islamabad to obtain a wide-ranging deal to buy nuclear equipment like the one granted to India. France has not confirmed that was exactly what Sarkozy had told Zardari. Paris said only that Sarkozy wanted Pakistan to improve its nuclear security and was prepared to cooperate with the Asian country in that respect. The source close to Sarkozy said that since his meeting with Zardari, the French leader had also met the Pakistani Chief of Army Staff. The source said Zardari had been informed of that.During his visit, Sarkozy will show backing for President Asif Ali Zardari in his fight against Taliban insurgents, a French official said. We really want to help President Zardari, said the official. The official said he was quite agreeably surprised by the firmness of the president and the loyalty of the army. If Pakistan does not succeed, it will get very complicated in Afghanistan and that would mean that the (Pakistani) nuclear power would fall into the hands of the Taliban. The stakes are very high, the French official said. France must invest diplomatically, politically and economically in Pakistan, he stressed.