Whilst it's possible to understand this attitude within the context that the idea of responding to an attack on your country hasn't been a part of French military doctrine for close to a century, it would seem rational to me (even President Bush agrees with me) that if you come under attack you have the right to defend yourself.
The Russians have also taken the high moral ground and weighed in with their thoughts:
"The continued destruction of civilian infrastructure in Lebanon and the Palestinian territories and the disproportionate use of force by Israel, which causes suffering to the civilian population, can be neither understood nor justified,"With a few changes that sentence becomes:
"The destruction of civilian infrastructure in Chechnya and the disproportionate use of force by Russia, which caused 200,000 civilian deaths, can be neither understood nor justified"Get your own house in order before you start making your opinions known.
The EU are at it too. Israel's now been condemned by the Finns.
It seems fairly clear that there is a simple solution to the French Defence Minister's helpful comment that
"we must move towards a dialogue, recognising each other and permitting the civilian population to live in peace"