PARIS Three-times runnersup France head to the World Cup knowing that defeat to Argentina in their opening game in Japan might lead to them being knocked out in the pool stage for the first time.
PARIS France have been tinkering with their halfback pairings for years but in Antoine Dupont they seem to have unearthed a scrumhalf capable of leading the charge at the World Cup.
PARIS Jacques Brunel has had two years to turn around ailing French fortunes but with the World Cup just a week away he enters the tournament having been shorn of much of his authority in the wake of a string of poor results.
PARIS France were without three key world champions but still cruised past Euro 2020 qualifier rivals Albania and Andorra.
PARIS France forward Kingsley Coman grabbed his third goal in two matches as he inspired the hosts to a 3-0 win against Andorra in their Euro 2020 Group H qualifier on Tuesday.
PARIS French Football Federation President Noel Le Graet told a radio station that he supported referees stopping matches in the event of racist chants - but not homophobic ones, in comments that drew criticism on Tuesday. | Video
PARIS France stayed in command of their Euro 2020 qualifying group as Kingsley Coman's double and goals from Olivier Giroud and debutant Jonathan Ikone earned them a 4-1 home win against Albania on Saturday.
PARIS Egan Bernal became the first Colombian to win the Tour de France when he retained the overall leader's yellow jersey after Sunday's 21st and final stage won by Caleb Ewan of Australia. | Video
PARIS Egan Bernal became the first Colombian to win the Tour de France on Sunday with his youthful brilliance looking set to cement Team Ineos's domination of cycling's greatest race for years to come.
PARIS Julian Alaphilippe surrendered the yellow jersey in the penultimate competitive stage and Thibaut Pinot was left sobbing at roadside as he abandoned in the Alps, yet this French duo restored the pride of a cycling nation and revived hopes of a long-awaited home-grown winner of the Tour de France.