Originally Posted by Larrey
It's also a matter of learning curves.
It has all to do with the evolution of the French doctrine throughout the war.
The paradigm of their "offensive" doctrine at the outbreak of war was proven wrong by the first clashes and the army went through an intense real-time adaptation process, with different "schools" fighting to get their views adopted by the High Command.
One important point is that the traditional French conservatism was shaken by the necessity to react quickly in real-time to German tactics.
The Germans seem to have started the war with a more solid structure in their doctrine.