Could put it down as " Fog Of War", how easy it is for us when the board is in front of us, we can survey the whole world.
Fog of war may apply if France had taken it’s turn when it was supposed too and just missed the event. That is not the case. France offered to hold their action so that Germany could go immediately, thus allowing Italy and Germany to coordinate more fluidly, instead of interrupting to state they were doing nothing and causing a multiple day delay between Italy and Germany.
Here are the positions:
In SZ 96 there is a British Fighter, British Tactical Bomber, British Carrier, British Battleship, 3 British Cruisers, British Destroyer and British Transport.
Tobruk contains 3 British Infantry, 2 British Artillery, 1 British Mechanized Infantry, 1 British Armor
In Algeria there is 3 British Fighters and a French Fighter
In SZ 98 there are 3 Italian Transports, Italian Destroyer and Italian Battleship
In SZ 80 there is a French Destroyer, and British Cruiser and British Battleship
Here are the moves in question:
Italian Destroyer from SZ 98 to SZ 76
Italian Battleship, 3 Italian Transports from SZ 98 to SZ 81
The French response was to attack the Destroyer in SZ 76 with the Destroyer in SZ 80. The result of the attack was a loss of both ships (attacker hit and defender hit) leaving a path of attack for the British warships in SZ 80 to assist the British aircraft in SZ 96 in sinking the Italian Battleship in SZ 81.