One persistent Pentagon rumor, however, might explain why the French came to oppose the overthrow of Saddam Hussein's dictatorship. In December, 2002, a French staff officer visited the Pentagon with a proposal from his government. France would send 18,000 troops (about what they contributed in 1991) to join the Iraq invasion force. However, France wanted a specific area of occupation after the war, with full authority in that area for as long as Iraq needed to be occupied. The American State Department backed the French proposal, but the Department of Defense didn’t trust the French, and were suspicious of their motives.
#1) It is a RUMOR
so take that for what its worth. But with some of the questionable French buisness deals in Iraq mayhaps the frenchies wanted to be on the ground to excersise their old contracts with Saddam even after he was gone
food for thought