Although the leaders of Europe wanted to weaken France they did not want to leave it powerless. If they severely punished France, they might encourage the French to take revenge. If they broke up France, then another country might become so strong that it would threaten them all. Thus, this victorious powers did not exact great price from the defeated nations. As a result, France remained a major but diminished European power. Also, no country in Europe could easily overpower another.