The French Army, officially the Land Army (Armée de Terre, lit. Army of land) is the land-based and largest component of the French Armed Forces. Active since the early 15th century, the French Army was one of the main combatants of World War I, having lost over 1.4 to 1.8 million soldiers killed, and over 4 million wounded (total of 6 million casualties), marking it as the deadliest conflict in French history.
The French Army appears in Battlefield 1.
The French Republic was introduced in the first expansion Battlefield 1: They Shall Not Pass. Later with Nivelle Nights, Prise de Tahure and Rupture released for base game in updates, were introduced to base game as the seventh faction available in-game. The French Republic fights the German Empire alongside the allied British Empire and United States of America within northern France.
The French in the game are visually distinctive with their mid-late war "horizon blue" uniforms, with yellow piping sewn into their trousers (denoting infantry) and brown leather webbing. Headgear mostly consists of M15 Adrian Helmets, with a few kits wearing soft caps. Other unique aesthetics include yellow scarfs around their necks and bandages around their arms. As with most other allied factions, French soldiers generally wear ankle boots with puttees.
Assault - A soldier of African descent. They wear a tunic and an infantry M15 Adrian helmet (with flaming grenade insignia on the crown of the helmet which denotes the branch of infantry, along with RF for Republic of France). They have ammo pouches around their abdomen and an additional shotgun shell holster and sidearm holster underneath the pouches about the waist. A bayonet in a scabbard is tucked into their webbing.
Medic - Wear tunics with a blanket wrapped around the torso and back like all allied medics. They wear an infantry M15 Adrian helmet, and they wear a makeshift wool hood and crutches/medical bag on the back. Additional equipment pouches are found at both sides of the character's waist.
Support - Wear leather jerkins over their double-breasted greatcoats, and engineer M15 Adrian helmets modified with a visor. The cuirass insignia on the helmet crown of the support class denotes 'engineer', along with RF which stands for Republic of France. Gear includes a large backpack and webbing with various belt pouches, a sidearm holster and respirator bag on their chest, and a spare Chauchat magazine hanging from the belt.
Scout - Wearing a double-breasted greatcoat and field cap, with pouches around their stomach, a sidearm holster and scabbard on his right side. They carry an infantry M15 Adrian Helmet on their back.
Cavalry - Wearing a peaked cap like most allied cavalry classes, a tunic and body armour with a sidearm holster, with smaller details being ammo pouches at the edge of the armour plate.
Tanker - Wearing a blue jumpsuit with sidearm holsters on their chest and an infantry M15 Adrian helmet with a splinter mask. It is interesting to note that the tankers do not wear the Adrian helmet with artillery insignia, like most tankers actually did during WWI.
Pilot - Wearing aviator goggles and leather helmets, with brown gloves/boots and blue jackets. Scarf is solid yellow.
The French Republic air vehicles are:
|Image||Name||Criteria||Achievement Points||Trophy Type|
|French War Hero||Spend 30 minutes in-game as a French Republic Medic||50G|
- Main article: Free French Forces
- The flaming grenade insignia on the helmets of the assault, medic and tanker classes denote infantry, while the support class bears uniquely the engineer insignia.
- The assault, medic, scout, and engineer classes all have yellow piping on the side of their trousers, identifying them as infantry. However, the support class represents a combat engineer (evident from the engineer insignia on the helmets), and engineers had black piping instead of yellow. A historical inaccuracy made during the creation of the character models.
- The assault, medic, scout, and tanker class models have their helmet chinstraps tightly fixed around the visors of their helmets - a common practice by the French soldiers during WWI. However, the helmet of the support class appears to be missing its chinstrap as it is neither placed around the visor nor around his chin.
- The assault, medic, and scout classes appear to have the ammo pouches for the MAS36 rifle. A large mistake in the character design, as these pouches were only used in WW2. In WWI, French soldiers were issued with the model 1905/14 ammunition pouches.
- With "Standard Issue Rifles" enabled, the French Army faction is issued the Lebel Model 1886.