France's fighter jet is called the Rafale which translates to 'Gust'. It's not everyday you can spot one, as it's basically only in use by the French, the technology marvel that it is notwithstanding—fighter jet sales are highly political anyway.
The French Army has quite a lot of videos on its YouTube channel, the recent ones focusing on this jet, as it's involved in current operations in Iraq—named Opération Chammal. The images are pretty impressive, no matter what you think of fighter jets and the strikes themselves.
You can see the actual pre-flight check along with takeoff (that noise!) in the following video:
And the most recent video was filmed during the second strike of the operation, West of Baghdad, near Fallujah.