The multiplayer factions for Battlefield 1 were confirmed yesterday on Twitter. And it turns out, France and Russia are not included in Battlefield 1 multiplayer factions.
When asked about the nations included in multiplayer, we got a reply that British, German, Austro-Hungarian, Italian, Ottoman, and American would be included in the Battlefield 1 multiplayer factions.
People responded to the announcement quickly and pointed out the death toll for each of the countries EA have included and dates at which they joined the war, most notably America who joined in a year before the war ended and lost 100,000 men, nothing compared to France and Russia, each losing over 1 million.
On the other hand, it was hinted that the French might be added later on in a DLC. But for now it is confirmed that at launch, France will not be in Battlefield 1 multiplayer factions.