France is telling the United States that it needs to stay the course in Iraq. To withdraw on a timetable is to invite instability for the whole region. The withdrawl must be based on conditions.
Go read the whole article: France warns against hasty pullout.
I like the last part of the article.
"We have to face the situation as it is, and it is the responsibility of all the international community to help the process, to make sure that we go forward all together." - French Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin
To be very partisan I read this as being, since the Americans seem to be winning it is time for France to hop on the band-wagon and help celebrate the victory.