Not just in France. I am of Dacian ancestry and I remember drinking a little bit of wine mixed with water probably at the age of five or six ... my grandparents said it helped with appetite. I don't know but I can certainly say that I did not turn-out an alcoholic. I do drink alcohol but only on special occasions or sometimes after a long day, I'll have a beer or two, to unwind. And ca c'est tout!
I find often times, North Americans to be a little anal in some aspects, to put it nicely. I think it has to do with Puritans having had a serious grip on the country (United States) from its foundation ...
"To each their own" - that's what I say. And remember that thing called: "balance".