No that's true it cannot, however at the time there was an AD for the pitot tubes on the A330 which Air France had not done on that plane. As a result the pitot tubes iced up and caused incorrect airspeed readings and the pilots essentially oversped the aircraft and also seemingly made no attempt to avoid the thunderstorm straight ahead of them.
As far as Boing or Airbus being safer. Boeing has proven that their aircraft can withstand far greater G forces than any Airbus has. Look at the China Airlines flight in he 90s that was basically upside down for a short period of time but recovered and landed in Los Angeles with only a piece of the horizontal stab broken. Meanwhile Air France 447 flies through a thunderstorm and breaks up. Plastic and glue cannot hold a plane together, as Airbus has shown.