France has usually maintained diplomatic relations as a good cop while others go out and play bad cop.I think it's important to note that the countries that are near Russia and have dealt with the aftermath of the Soviet Union are the ones most gung-ho about fucking Russia's shit up and keeping Ukraine free. France's opinion in this matter isn't worth shit.
And frankly, Russia and Ukraine *need* to negotiate a peace.
So long as it includes pre-2014 borders, complete eviction of Russia without a salted earth retreat, and membership in NATO and EU for Ukraine, and a heckin' big military base in THE UKRAINE. And yes, I'm going to use THE because they've more than earned the honorific.