you state that the politicians are running scared because constituents are complaining about hadopi and three strikes. no where do you provide proof of this. it is an assumption.
Well, I live in France, been actively involved against the Hadopi law, and I can confirm Mike's analysis. If you understand french, you can check this post who clearly show how things have evolved these last months. Today, people like me are invited to share their views at the french national assembly and can fight lobbie inside the system in a very efficient way, with full support of the same politicians who where in favor of Hadopi a year ago
It's a very usual court order in France, the new thing here is that usualy, it's published in a normal (offline) newspaper.
Numerama is a technews website among the very few who battled against the Hadopi law (Numerama, Ecrans.fr, PCimpact and ReadWriteWeb France). It has a very big trafic, this is why the court decided to publish the conviction on Numerama.
On a sidenote, Guillaume Champeau from Numerama wrote a post about how he would disable crawlers on the conviction in order for the content not to be cached by google.