Was the latter the creation of one of your French members?
The lingua franca thing is strictly amongst auxlangers, who are a minority part of conlang creators (in large part because most people interested in that want to learn an auxlang, not make a new one). They certainly exist, though; see AUXLANG-L.
Me personally? I’m the rarest sort: an engelanger. I make languages that try to push the boundaries of what language can do, and really don’t care at all whether anyone adopts them. They’re more of an intellectual-creative effort. See UNLWS & Gripping linked on my website. Or John Quijada’s Ithkuil, one of my favorite engelangs.
The vast majority of conlangers are artlangers. They make languages for the aesthetics of it, like a painter. They might like their work to be appreciated, but being a lingua franca is not at all an objective (and might even be not wanted, if it’s particularly personal). See eg David J. Peterson’s Conlang Manifesto for a fairly representative viewpoint.
(I can’t post more than 2 links, and it’s not wanting to link to some host among them for … unclear reasons, or I’d link my site & Ithkuil.)
So not a salacious French pun? Pity
Try asking @tsela on Twitter. (He’s current LCS president, French & living in Netherlands.)
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