Incompetence or ignorance. Does it make any difference ? It's the French you are talking about and they are only concerned with the French ! Nothing matters to the French except beating the Yanks, they are paranoid about the US and their dominance of the computer market. Have you read about Chirac's idea to produce a French search engine to out-do Google ? How egotistic can you get.
You've started me off now on my pet hate, I'd better pack it in before WW 3 starts.