After finishing as runners-up and not qualifying out of the group at the last two tournaments, it's fair to say that France are a mystery wrapped in an enigma for the 2014 World Cup.
Heavily fancied in the betting markets to be Group Winners and reach the Second Round, avoiding Argentina in the last 16 should see them reach the quarter-finals with relative ease - as long as Les Blues remember to turn up this time.
HOW FRANCE GOT TO THE 2014 WORLD CUP
Despite being grouped in with Spain, France were more than a match for the current World and European champions - as just three points separated them in the final standings.
However, Spain’s 1-0 win in Paris was ultimately what settled UEFA Qualifying Group I - as Les Blues finished as runners-up.
Drawn against Ukraine in the Playoffs, France remarkably came back from a 2-0 first leg deficit to prevail 3-2 on aggregate and finally seal their place at the 2014 World Cup.
FRANCE MANAGER AND TRACK RECORD
Captaining France to their only World Cup triumph in 1998, Didier Deschamps returns to the finals for the first time as France manager.
However, France have been inconsistent since winning that tournament on home soil, with a runners-up spot in 2006 sandwiched between two Group Stage exits in 2002 and 2010.
FRANCE KEY PLAYER
Finishing third in this year's Ballon D'Or award - behind Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi - it speaks volumes about how important a player Franck Ribery is for France.
The 31-year-old Bayern Munich midfielder has 16 goals from 80 International appearances and he was mentored during the 2006 World Cup by Les Blues legend Zinedine Zidane, who dubbed Ribery as "The jewel of French football."
Zidane has since been proved right - as Ribery’s gone on to establish himself as one of the World’s best players and he is sure to prove it once more in Brazil this summer.
FRANCE 2014 WORLD CUP BETTING TIP
If France live up to their billing as favourites to be Group Winners in the 2014 World Cup betting markets, they should avoid Argentina in the Second Round and give themselves a great chance of progressing further.
With enough about themselves to get past Bosnia and Herzegovina, Nigeria or Iran in the last 16, expect France to reach the quarter-finals of the 2014 World Cup at least.
FRANCE 2014 WORLD CUP SQUAD
Goalkeepers: Hugo Lloris, Steve Mandanda, Mickaël Landreau.
Defenders: Mathieu Debuchy, Lucas Digne, Patrice Evra, Laurent Koscielny, Eliaquim Mangala, Bacary Sagna, Mamadou Sakho, Raphaël Varane.
Midfielders: Yohan Cabaye, Clément Grenier, Blaise Matuidi, Rio Mavuba, Paul Pogba, Moussa Sissoko, Mathieu Valbuena.
Forwards: Karim Benzema, Olivier Giroud, Antoine Griezmann, Loïc Rémy, Franck Ribéry.