It would do the French a world of good to make peace with the Maghreb world, in general. They have undergone/are undergoing a similar "Islamification" fear as they struggle to integrate a large Muslim population into their society, which is already highly secular to begin with.
What surprises me about Sarkozy is his recent...passion, you could say, to go in and help Libyans, especially given his own particularly questionable actions towards their population/related populations in his own country, though the point has already been brought up that it's in his best interest to have a stable North Africa to help stymie the immigration into France. I wonder, though, how Libyan immigrants stack up to those from, say, Algeria or Tunisia, especially given that French is second to Arabic in both countries. Either way, it's nice to see countries beside the US step up to the plate, especially given the constant bad-mouthing France endures for declining the Iraq war, among other things.