Disagree: Air France in particular and all French airlines in which I had worked as a Maintenance provider, has been the more strict, organized and safe, from the many companies I had work for. As I said some time ago, I will happily fly on AF any single day, compare to many ones with best reputation..
I'm sure that's all true, but they're also expensive. They have to be to pay the outrageous high wages for their staff.
Comparing Air France with other legacy airlines in Europe (Lufthansa, British Airways, KLM, etc) Air France has about the highest wages of them all, and still some Air France employees dare to think they don't earn enough money. They go on strike for even the least bit. At other airlines employees do exactly the same work and get paid less for it, but the Air France employees don't seem to see that.
About Air France my opinion can be short. If they fly, they're a great airline. Expensive, but great. But do they fly or do they strike? That's the question you always have to ask yourself when flying Air France.