Easy, the game start after the Dunkirk evacuation and after the French navy was scuttled. There is no other way to do it.
The game does start after Dunkirk.
However, whether the French are "well represented" or not....they are finished after 1 round. If Germany doesnt do that, then this would be a QUICK allied victory.
I did some research last night and found out that the if the French are in control of their country at the start of the game ... then the French Navy MUST still be "alive".
The game starts befor the fall of France. This still leaves reasonable assumption that Dunkirk has happened (May 24-26 1940). French resistance ended on June 25. The British bombardment of the French Fleet at Mers-el-Kebir happened on July 4 (70 years ago tomorrow, interstingly enough).
Based on this information, French ships should still be present at the start of the game. They cannot say the game starts after Dunkirk AND the scuttling of the French Fleet. It is impossible because France is autonomous at the start of the game. I for one hope that France has ships and something can be done with them. Either the French person keeps them, the British can sink them or the Germans can use them, I don't care. As long as they are there.