It's not a problem to bring meat products into France or Germany.
If you are nervous about eating meat in Europe, and feel better bringing it from home, do it .
But it's not necessary.
The "hoof and mouth" disease was located in UK, there was only a few cases in the same location in France with imported animals.
Now the problem is completely solved in continental Europe (I don't know for UK).
For the "mad cow" disease, the checks were made very carefully.
Each time a case was found, all animals living at the same place were killed.
I think, meat products are safe in Europe now.
But, again, if you don't feel secure, you can choose steakhouses selling beef from Argentina etc.
Chetney, every time I come back from the U.S. I bring back all sorts of beef products into Germany (canned campbell's soup, beef jerkey, salami). In fact, Germany even has a specific duty free allowance for fresh meat - 1 kg IIRC!
England might be a bit stricter because it's an island (not sure about that).