Mr Reynolds nails it with this line:
Meanwhile, France is supporting preemptive war -- so long as it's by a major customer!
The, ahem, Money Quote:
During a state visit to China, French Premier Raffarin threw support behind a law allowing China to attack Taiwan and continued to push for a lift of the EU arms embargo.
At the outset of a three-day visit to China, French Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin said he supported Beijing's "anti-secession" law on Taiwan, and vowed to keep pushing for an end to an EU arms embargo that could open the door for Paris to sell weapons to the Asian giant.
Raffarin also signed or finalized major business deals with Beijing valued at around $3.2 billion (2.4 billion euros).
So, war and chaos and the deaths of innocents are fine with France, as long as they get their cut.