France’s Loic Remy (right) celebrates with team mates after scoring against Spain  at the Stade de France. Photograph: Benoit Tessier / Reuters

France 1 Spain 0 New Chelsea signing Loic Remy grabbed the only goal as France squeezed past 2010 world champions Spain 1-0 in a friendly at the Stade(...)

Mats Hummels (right) of Germany celebrates with Thomas Müller (centre) and Benedikt Höwedes (left) after scoring the winner against France in the Fifa World Cup quarter-final   at Estadio do Maracana in Rio de Janeiro. Photograph: Marcus Brandt / EPA

Germany 1 France 0 “Adieu les Bleus” sang some slightly giddy German fans before this first World Cup quarter-final and though some nearby Fren(...)

Mathieu Valbuena (left) celebrates with Olivier Giroud during the last-16 match against Nigeria at Estadio Nacional in Brasilia. Photograph: Jeff Gross/Getty Images

It says something about the state they were in that a major footballing power like France can be regarded by so many as a surprise package at this Wor(...)

Paul Pogba of France celebrates his goal against Nigeria at the Estadio Nacional in Brasilia. Photograph: EPA

France 2 Nigeria 0The French continue to move forward at this World Cup and yet they have yet to completely shake the suspicion that they are simply f(...)

 Karim Benzema  scores France’s   fourth goal past Switzerland goalkeeper Diego Benaglio  during the   World Cup Group E match at Arena Fonte Nova  in Salvador. Photograph: Christopher Lee/Getty Images

France 5 Switzerland 2Any notion that the World Cup is turning into a tournament for the smaller nations was banished when Switzerland received their (...)

France’s Karim Benzema scores against Honduras during the opening game in Group E.

The history of France in the World Cup is a story of dramatic oscillation. In 1982 and 1986, they reached the semi-finals, then in 1990 and 1994 th(...)

Franck Ribery (left) has enjoyed considerabley better form in the national team under manager Didier Deschamps. Photograph: Reuters

France’s World Cup hopes suffered a severe blow when Franck Ribery was ruled out of the tournament with a back injury. Les Bleus manager Didier Desch(...)