Several of the larger guilds on the EN server are also on the FR server. Many of them have been there since launch. You should be able to find others to play with if you are interested.
I will agree that the EU servers have taken a different approach to the IM. They pretty much sell everything, and don't restrict things like enchants and such. They also provide much higher Tiers, so that their big spenders can get rewards for spending 1k, 5k, 10k a month. In some ways this is just much simpler. They don't bother to try to maintain a 'balance' they just it sort itself out.
This does have an effect on prices over time, just like we saw on Pheonix/Merged. Once enough an item is sold to the players, the prices in the game for that item drop (supply/demand) and then the AP prices drop as well (less people buying it). You can see this with the Tiers on the Merged server, vs the Pheonix prices.