The French don’t get it

Remember this statement from a terrorist web site?

“As if there was any question of negotiation. Far from it – they must obey the demands of the Mujahadeen. If you refuse, we slaughter.”

Here is the French solution to terrorism:

“France said Monday that it would take part in a proposed international conference on Iraq only if the agenda included a possible U.S. troop withdrawal…
Paris also wants representatives of Iraq’s insurgent groups to be invited to a conference.”

Strangely, France doesn’t take the terrorists at their word. Why does France want to negotiate with people who refuse to negotiate?