The french could have shot Ben Laden in Afghanistan twice in 2003 and 2004, soldiers have testified, they had him in sight on several occasions. Why didn’t they do it? Because they did not receive any order from central American command.
Either the Americans ignored them because they would have hated to face the fact that the French have shot their (pretendedly) greatest enemy. Or the French and Americans had decided to communicate via flying pigeons and they didn’t manage to go back and forth on time.
The more likely explanation is that somehow they didn’t want him dead. Does this surprise anyone?