The French have a reduction in the rate at which they generate tension with the Natives. This leads to easier negotiations, trade, and coexistence with the natives, which can be cultivated as a military alliance as well. Also, all French fur trappers are experts.
Your player color is deep blue (which will be familiar to players of Civ2).
Your default player name is Jacques Cartier.
Your default territory name is New France.
Your non-military start unit is a Hardy pioneer.
Your port in Europe is La Rochelle.