French tanks vary wildly between the tiers. At lower tiers, they are generally slow with great armour but armed with poor guns. While at higher tiers, they are very fast with almost paper thin armour and armed with great guns. Some mid to high tier French tanks have an autoloader with a drum magazine, which allow for several shots in a short period of time. Almost all French tanks suffer from having few crew members which makes for less variety when choosing crew skills or perks, lack of sufficient hull and turret armour past the first few tiers, and their guns almost always have long aim times.
French light tanks are slow and have thick armour at lower tiers, but they trade their armour for speed at higher tiers. They gain the ability to use autoloaders much earlier than the other French lines. Combined with their high speed and small size, they become deadly hit-and-run vehicles.
French medium tanks also have thick armour at lower tiers. At high tiers they trade their armour for extremely high speed and agility; combined with their automatic loaders, they become great support vehicles. Their paper thin armour makes them very vulnerable to SPG damage however, so keeping on the move is essential.
French heavy tanks are well armoured at lower tiers, but are slow and sluggish. As the tiers rise, they become faster and more maneuvrable, but trade armour for this agility. They use large calibre guns with automatic loaders, which make them very destructive. With their paper thin armour, it is essential to keep moving.
French tank destroyers have relatively weak armour at lower tiers, but have good guns. Later in the line, their armour increases along with their speed. Their guns have great penetration values and good accuracy, so they are not to be taken lightly. However, their side armour is rather weak and their front armor is covered in rather obvious weak spots. Due to their size, the later designs have poor camouflage values.
French self propelled guns are well rounded in terms of accuracy, rate of fire and aim time but suffer from lower damage and penetration than their rivals. However, they are the fastest SPG's in the game and can outrun many of the tanks in the game. They also sport relatively great camouflage values thanks to their smaller sizes. This trend, aside from camo, remains throughout the line. The T9 and T10 artillery pieces are very fast indeed, able to relocate to newly freed locations on the map and continue to support their allies from unexpected firing angles and lower shell travel times due to the closer proximity. They are quite capable emergency TDs due to their speed and maneuverability. At T10 the French get a very unique SPG armed with a 4 shell autoloader. It boasts the second best accuracy of the bunch, and some very nasty burst damage, able to track and retrack tanks to keep the beating on and to give allies something to shoot at. However the splash and damage are as expected, underwhelming. The load time is also horribly long, at a whopping 70sec, so aim well.