France is "thanking" us for our help in securing the release of French hostage, Bernard Planche. Expressing his thanks to "all those who mobilized" to help the French hostage regain his freedom, Jacques Chirac strained himself and "thanked the coalition forces that permitted this release". Dominque de Villepin, in an unusual fit of politeness, thanked "the diplomatic services and intelligence services"and, if you can believe it, "the US authorities that lent their assistance to this release". As usual, it is the US that had to pull the French fry out of the fire once again.
France, which chose not to participate in the coalition, gets to benefit from it.
Check out Le Figaro.