If you haven't seen this short yet, by all means take a look. It's a great example of why I believe some of the best animation being created today originates from France.
Check out this video. A student film from the Ecole Supérieure des Métiers Artistiques (ESMA School of Arts) in Montpellier, France. It was completed in September, 2010. Here's the film's website. Also take a look at the excellent making of video for Mytho Logique. From the development art all the way through, it's incredible that students can do work this good. On par with just about any animation studio I can think of. You can see it here.