Here's run down on what the French have been up to lately:
Alizée dufraisse, the machine, has done Abregenief, 8b, and onsighted Le Mari de la baleine 8a+, at St. Léger
Gérôme Pouvreau has done two 8c's during the Petzl meeting in Catalonia. It's a bit unclear which, but the first was in the Raco de la finestra sector at Margalef, could be Aitzol, and the other one at Siurana. Both were done in a few tries.
Florence Pinet (French champion 2009), Gérôme's girlfriend, has made what's likely to be the first female ascent of Dernier jour de Démocratie, 8b/+, at Deverland/Déversé, Gorges du Loup.