France has always been a pain in the ass and their constant attempts to derail American efforts rather than be on the team is old hat. This thing over Iraq was merely the latest. They have spent decades trying to recapture old glory. Their weapons sales flooding into Africa and the Middle East and their nuclear weapons have always been about showing how they can be equal.
They have always been reluctant team members and they have spent decades ensuring that they define the face of Europe. This attitude is historical where they have plenty of ocasions sold out the continent to preserve themsleves. Today they seek to tear down others so that their depravity can be justified.