This is a hilarious development give the head of EASA is a (openly crooked, admittedly) Frenchman. I'd love to be a fly on the wall in his office when he read about this...
But France would never let the EU do anything which France doesn't like. It is the only country in Europe with a backbone. It also has an airspace and ATC setup which is perfect for IFR flying.
It will be really funny if other EU countries start to accept this rating. This would lead to a de facto European IMCR.
An excellent development