Otherwise known as the Libre Software Meeting. This year, after Bordeaux declined to host it on grounds of organizational difficulties, it was held in Metz; since they started organizing it late, it's not surprising that there were one or two hiccups in the smooth functioning, but there was fortunately nothing which interfered with sitting en terrasse and sampling beers.
Most of the action that I was expressly there for was the dubiously-titled "Very High Level Languages for Writing Applications" track, which in practice was a bit of an excuse for several Lisp bigots to get together and plot the next stages of world domination. Mostly this involved talking about real-time garbage collection, but the demonstrations of McCLIM and especially Marc Battyani's FractalConcept Web Application Framework were very impressive.
Also useful was meeting several researchers who, while not following our track, were nevertheless using Lisp to do neat stuff; Axiom and Maxima developers were on hand to inform us that we needed to implement reliable callbacks from C to Lisp in the next six months.
Apart from that, I managed to avoid most of the politics (not all!) by taking a day to go to visit Strasbourg; highly recommended (though avoid cafés on the Place Kleber; they're overpriced and the beer isn't as good). Then 8 hours of train back to good old England.