French motor vehicles are crap. They barely hold up in France so you can imagine what the desert heat would do to them.
I was thinking more along the lines of weapons and other equipment.
The French get all hot and bothered to sell weapons to terrorists and tyrants, but they seem awfully quiet about donating weapons to fledgling democracies.
Heaven has German Mechanics, French cooks, English Police, Swiss Bankers and Italian lovers.
Hell has German Police, French Mechanics, English cooks, Swiss Lovers, and Italian Bankers.
See: The crucial importance of personnel management!