France for a long time seems to have had an increasingly collectivist/socialist political culture, with its attendant problems of operating in a relatively free world market.
Under EU regulations, France would probably have had some economic umbrella/shield, but this may be unable to protect it from the economically disruptive/destabilising effect of the Internet - especially as the French economy is subsiding along with the European market generally.
If this settlement just exemplifies the economic status quo, then it would probably be unsurprising.
A free handout from anyone would be welcome at any time. US$82 million doesn't sound too bad, for starters.