I'm having a little trouble getting used to the rules and the terminology of this game.
I see that unactivated French pieces are not permitted to move. If the French player has unactivated units in a locale, and the locale is subjected to a maneuver attack, do those French units get their usual choices (blocking or retreating)?
If so, I guess this means that the term movement in the rules denotes offensive movement (and blocking and retreating are not considered movement).
If not, what happens in a maneuver attack like the one I described?
Yes, they get to react as normal. That reaction is not considered movement.