Jacques Chirac walked out of an EU meeting when someone from a francophone country spoke English, one of the official languages of the EU.
Chirac, who looks imcreasingly like a caricature of himself (like one of the spitting image puppets), took the whole French delegation out with him. This is the President of France - one of the G8 and a country in the middle of a crisis over its ability to compete in the modern world (hence their new labour laws and the resultant resistance to change). This is the country who insists on sabotaging the World Trade Organization's Doha round of talks by refusing to really consider rethinking farm subsidy.
France is looking to isolate itself politically, linguistically, commercially and economically. They are doing very well at this. C'la vie!