If you’re a European fan of World of Warcraft eager for the Classic servers to arrive, you’d better brush up on your linguistic skills. Blizzard has announced that while the Classic servers will indeed be split into the three classic server styles (Normal, Roleplaying, and PvP), they will not be divided by language in any way, so there will be no French-speaking servers or English-speaking servers. Instead, you’ll just be in a general melange of European servers.
The one exception to this are Russian servers, due to the requirements of the Cyrillic alphabet. Players are understandably a bit concerned about how this may wind up causing some serious communication issues on any given server, although the majority of complaints are agitating for RP-PvP servers rather than concerned about potential communication issues. It certainly will result in a different environment without linguistic separation; you can do your own speculating about how much that’s motivated by a love of player choice and how much comes down to not wanting to invest in more servers.