frenchb was the original babel language package for French localization. As an alternative, Bernard Gaulle created the FrenchPro package (also known as
Beginning 1999, the FrenchPro package was marketed as shareware, and Bernard
Gaulle alone owner of all rights. He died Aug. 2nd 2007. His wife Catherine
Gaulle, the heiress, gave authorization in that matter to the eFrench group in
order to maintain the whole work in the future.
The package is now (under the name e-french) on CTAN (from where the quote above comes), as announced some days ago.
The package should find its way in TeX Live in a short time, as the new license is LPPL.