Yes, French and Greek forces in Ukraine will be an independent faction in the next FY version, ruled by AI, unless Southern White player can meet the conditions to take control over these units.
Current system, which is for the essential a left-over of the official RUS is clearly lacking on both historical and gameplay sides.
Historically because French came to Ukraine less to help Whites than in an attempt to secure Ukraine, where France had made heavy investments before the WW1. Relations between French offciers and local Whites were bad, and several times embittered by the French agreements with Ukrainian Nationalists. Then These troops entered combat with Grigoriev force both at Kherson and Odessa.
Currently in FY these units are locked and Red player has more interest to ignore them as any attack would release these units for the White player. Giving French and Greek a penalty beyond the coastal province doesn’t address 2 points: first AI can’t cope with such a feature, then in case of very high AIL, we have to suppose these units to be more motivated and less prone to desertion than in reality.
So the gameplay is by nature unhistorical, biased and without nuance: Whites hope to reach a high AIL, Reds hope the corps to withdraw by the pure logic of events.
In the next version, These forces will be a new faction, acting independently under AI control. AI will replicate historical behaviour by remaining close to the coast with cautious attempts to expand this territory.Red will have to get victories or at least some strong military presence in this area to force withdrawal. The new faction will be at peace with both Whites and Ukrainian.
If the AIL climbs to 13, Southern Whites will take control of the faction, ie these troops will be under his direct control.
So in the end, FY will portray mora accurately the situation in South Ukraine and adds in gameplay a new element of chaos in Ukraine, with evolving situation.