Les Bleus went close to winning Euro 2016 on home turf and are strongly fancied to challenge again in Russia this summer, according to the France World Cup 2018 odds.
Didier Deschamps’ side showed plenty of promise at Brazil 2014, beating Nigeria 2-0 in the first knockout round before losing 1-0 to eventual winners Germany.
They avenged that defeat when brushing aside Die Mannschaft 2-0 in the Euro 2016 semi-finals, only to be edged out 1-0 in extra-time by Portugal in the decider.
Deschamps lifted his troops to secure top spot in their Russia 2018 qualifying pool, finishing four points clear of Sweden and Holland.
Sceptics will suggest that last September’s embarrassing 0-0 draw with Luxembourg in Toulouse highlighted how this youthful team is still not the finished article.
However, there is no denying that they have the creative flair and attacking talent to compete with any side on the planet and that will lead to many positive France World Cup 2018 betting tips and predictions.
Antoine Griezmann will be keen to match his exploits at Euro 2016, when topping the scoring charts and being voted player of the tournament.
After a relatively quiet first half of the season with Atletico Madrid, the diminutive forward has been in fantastic form for his club since the turn of the year.
Olivier Giroud should be fairly fresh after being used sparingly by Arsenal and Chelsea and is still capable of scoring spectacular goals, as he did versus Sweden in qualifying.
Alongside that established pair, young guns Kylian Mbappe, Ousmane Dembele and Anthony Martial all appear ready to break through into the big time.
Enigmatic midfielder Paul Pogba will be keen to put a season of mixed fortunes at Manchester United behind him, while N’Golo Kante provides plenty of cover in front of an athletic defence.
Real Madrid’s Raphael Varane and Samuel Umtiti of Barcelona have both enjoyed good campaigns and Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris is usually reliable between the posts.
Rank (world): 9
WC appearances: 14
Best effort: Won in 1998
Road to Russia
FRA 2-1 Belarus
Bulgaria 0-1 FRA
FRA 0-0 Luxembourg
FRA 4-0 Holland
Sweden 2-1 FRA
Luxembourg 1-3 FRA
FRA 2-1 Sweden
Holland 0-1 FRA
Hugo Lloris (GK)
Raphael Varane (D)
Samuel Umtiti (D)
Paul Pogba (M)
Antoine Griezmann (F)
Kylian Mbappe (F)
Didier Deschamps – FRA