It's rather amusing, really: the Bush administration closely followed the genetically modified organism debate in France and worried that French anxieties would harm US interests. So here was a case where the French refused to believe the assurances of scientists that the GMO in question, manufactured by Monsanto, were harmless. But of course the Bush administration at home did everything it could to undermine the authority of scientists in a number of areas (global warming, stem cell research, etc.).
Now, I happen to think that far too many people in France are far too exercised about a small number of potential harms: GMOs, cell-phone towers, etc. To be sure, caution is always wise, but I also believe that it is possible to be too cautious. Yet if there is to be any fair and reasonable assessment of risks and benefits, some forms of authority must be accredited. And with the American right-wing assiduously undermining scientific authority for ideological reasons and the French eco-fringe just as assiduously attacking scientific authority for different ideological reasons, there are certain to be any number of issues in which the two converge to produce undesirable outcomes. And so we are treated to the comedy revealed by Wikileaks.