Fair enough. France didn’t allow its military the level of governmental interference Germany did, but they were well aware of Joffre’s intentions. Remember, Joffre wanted to break Belgian neutrality, but the politicians wouldn’t sanction it.I was referring to a militarily led France in response to the point that AL was a driving goal of France. Yes the France military likely saw AL as a prize but they weren't driving French foreign policy. My point about Joffres plan as new was that it might have been accepted but the French military was in no place to successfully do it. I actually think you compassion to the Schlieffen Plan is right in the money here (as you say not really a plan). In that they were both borne of out wishful thinking and not practical reality. Of course the difference is the Schlieffen Plan involved breaking Belgium neutrality and bringing Britain in.
I think we can safely say all the Great Power’s military plans had an element of... wishful thinking to them.