said by Smith6612:
While the hop there is apparently to France or owned by a French company, it isn't going to France as latency would be double of what it's doing now.
Most game servers located in France that are pingable are in the 80-100ms roundtrip for me from NY. Try pinging this game server in France: 220.127.116.11
That server is 100% located in France and you can compare that ping to the transit server in the previous traceroute(18.104.22.168), notice the similar latency range. Even better, try doing a trace from your workplace so the test is more accurate.edit: server NOT in France