We knew at the time that France's opposition to the invasion of Iraq was largely driven by its oil interests - Elf was a major player in Iraq's oil program. Then we learned that a bit of graft might have been an influence.
Now EUReferendum has a characteristically excellent post surveying French foreign policy. Sample:
Given that the continuous and expanding threads of evidence point to France as a country that has, from Vietnam through Algeria and a succession of African colonies up to and including the Ivory Coast, exercised a wholly malign influence, we really do have to ask ourselves whether this is a country with which we can afford to be associated.Read it all.