France, Italy, the US and UK seemed to have acted too hastily in launching a military intervention in Libya. The European Union was divided on the Libyan war, while three of its members (France, Italy and the UK) and the US led the charge into Libya.
Other important international actors (the Arab League, Germany, China, Russia, Brazil, India, etc.) gave mixed signals at the UNSC and the special meeting in Paris before operations, then came out to express their reservations or outright condemnations of allied action.
In France, the intervention had strong domestic motivations. The French government had supported 'the wrong side' in the recent revolutions in Egypt and Tunisia and was trying to repair its image in the Arab world.
President Sarkozy's popularity ratings are at dangerous lows ahead of the 2012 presidential elections, but the war has raised criticisms in the French media, parliament and even within the French administration that Sarkozy had committed France in a war without clear aims, a post-Gaddafi plan, or an honourable exit strategy. All these factors are going to weigh in heavily on Paris in the coming months.