Very true. I suspect / hope that the relative lack of criticism of Italy and France is because a lot of those news stories are in the local languages, and haven’t yet reached English-language media.
The most critical piece I’ve yet seen about Italy, from Foreign Policy (paywalled, but accessible in private mode):
An ABC Australia account of Italy’s mistakes:
A Guardian piece without many details, but it thankfully avoids the annoying Confucian cultural stereotypes, and instead emphasizes how SARS scared Taiwan and Singapore into developing countermeasures, whereas other countries perhaps learned “Huh, these epidemics get nipped in the bud - no need to worry”:
A Vox piece that’s a little forgiving of Italy, with this key quote: “The lesson from Italy isn’t just that you have to act before your hospitals are overwhelmed. It’s that you have to take steps that appear in the moment to be an exceptional overreaction — because by the time it looks like the steps you’re taking are appropriate, it will have been too late.” General tenor is “They probably should have known how bad things would get, but didn’t act early enough - and the rest of us don’t even have that excuse.”
EDIT: and a long New York Times piece exploring the mistakes in Italy - maybe the most detailed account I’ve seen: