This was our first Air France (AF) experience and our trip included a very early morning commuter hop from Venice to Paris (CDG) and on to Atlanta in a Boeing 777 which is their long haul fleet mainstay. AF has a an advance seat selection option - for an extra cost or else you wait until 30 hours prior to departure and hopefully you get lucky. We paid for the long haul and got lucky with the short hop.
The planes were clean and comfortable and the crews were friendly, polite and efficient. The announcements in English were barely decipherable but sounded charming nonetheless. We found it odd that the short hop Airbus 318 had seats that were incapable of reclining, but maybe that is a good thing for commuters. The 777 had reclining seats and good spacing.
The service, food and wine were the best ever in economy class. The media, entertainment choices and ease of navigation were the best. The 9 hour hour flight was way better than expected. It made the running to catch the connection and extra security screening at CDG all worthwhile.