After the purchase I learned that black French threaded headsets are quite hard to come by. For example, there are NONE on ebay right now!
Are you totally sure threading is actually french?
Given that it did have a black headset before (hard to find as you say), and a cartridge BB too (of which there's only a few that are available with french threads - such as VO which are shit, and Phil Wood which cost a bunch).
 ignore the black headset remark as it's obviously a different fork in use there, though BB remarks still stand.