The deaths are just hospital deaths for France. Do you known if they daily or date reported? Not easy to compare deaths when France don't report outside hospitals in their figures. As you say deaths and hospitalisations in France has been higher for much longer over the summer whereas we've been pretty flat thought rising slowly now.France daily latest :6465 new cases, 26 deaths, 1026 in reanimation, 48 cases/100000 inhabitants, 6465 in hospital
UK daily latest: 49139 new cases, 179 deaths, 7891 in hospital, 600-700 cases/100000 inhabitants
Now France and UK not aligned with regard to Covid wave so, there were moments when France deaths were much higher than UK and this will happen again in the future.
Only comparable are the number of patients in hospital I suppose. And vaccinations are about the same. Same population as well. Also, note UK deaths only include people dying within 28 days of positive test.
Compare the number of deaths to number of deaths on the road (about 3000... a year) and it tells us not to be complacent... Containing the R through hygiene measures such as washing hands is not stupid... 600-700/100000 cases per day may indicate complacency...