Someone just sent me an article - Paris Kitchen - a two-part discussion by two well-known chefs on the subject of what tourists expect from a French restaurant.
The most frequent complaint from diners was "being surrounded by non-French people". This was explained by the fact that tourists outnumber Parisians 28 to 1 - fact based on information from the Paris Tourist Office, and "tourist" meaning any non-Parisian.
Also interesting was the discussion of the willingness and ability - or not - of the different restaurants to handle special requests: allergies, lifestyles, etc.
So if your waiter seems a little cranky, it may be that he is just outnumbered...