France turned out to be too easy on mid-diffculty level (i.e. Noble). I did a restart looking for more aggressive approach. 1st, lauch attacking team to southern spain, sicily, and detour the crusade to cario. 2nd, sail all the mobile military to africa to take over the remaining Saladin cities there. 3rd, extends south of egypt, to capture the barb city, and set up a new city here using the only settler given. 4th, regroup the force and take out Mali! 5th, sail back to europe, and build up additional forces to wait for spanish force went out of the town to conquer the barbs. Attack the two spanish cities and razed them using suicidal catapults. Once this is done, you simply have too many city with a whole africa to expand peacefully. And the HRE is too weak, (no more knights). I don't see any point keep playing... Maybe I should try some other countries like England?