Well from a passengers view I don't see anything wrong with AFs A340s. Their inflight product is more or less the same throughout their fleet so no big difference when it comes to business or economy cabins. I flew their A340 to PHL
(econ) this summer and although there were a few minors signs of wear and tear in cabin the overall product/comfort was just fine.
I'm surprised how often I read post here "bashing" the A340. I'm not a technical or engineer type of person but it seems when Airbus introduced the A340 it allowed many medium/smaller airlines to operate more non-stop long distance routes. Also, it came at a time when some airlines were looking to replace older DC-10s, 767s, and A300s, etc.
If any airline was "ashamed" or unhappy with the A340 they would have replaced them by now.
P.S. France doesn't have to any colonies in Africa.....they're FORMER colonies