I'm thankful that you're restating the context for me, well of which I'm aware, but all you've said actually strengthens all I elaborate on here: >>94599940
. France being so stun by the blow it had been dealt would cut down on the glorious expeditions that had been the signature of Napoleon III, and changed its entire agenda to rekindling its prestige in the colonies, which explains why you see it jump from being fifth largest empire in the world to second largest in the span of twenty years, and why Britain becomes such an enemy to them again. That was what Jules Ferry vied for, and he shut down others like General Boulanger who hoped to renew prestige with an outright war against Germany.
That's not to say France came to disregard Germany, and having that they implemented the most rigorous army service in the world three years before the worls should make that obvious. Now however, France never believed that it was in a position to challenge Germanty so soon, and so it did very little to fan the flames of WWI where it thought it would get fucked (remember, no guarantee of a British ally back then).