The home win in 1998 was the last time France won the ultimate prize in world football and now 20 years later, expectations are high for the 23-man squad travelling to Russian Federation for this year's tournament.
France, who find themselves in Group C with Australia, Peru and Denmark, kick-off their title hopes against Australia on Saturday, 16 June.
Paul Pogba has been urged to get angry while on World Cup duty with France, with Emmanuel Petit considering the Manchester United midfielder to be at his best when playing with passion.
Counter-attacking football, furthermore, is most effective with a target man leading the line as someone able to control long balls and create second-ball opportunities to be won by the three behind him in support. "Hugo and I have spoken, we've gone back over his games and we've analysed them, it's a tough, ungrateful job", he said. People have to remember he is only a holding midfield player and he has orders from the manager.
"If you're 1-0 up, you're not bringing him on to close the game down".
However, as history has shown, more often than not, it is the team that gels, plays to a plan and hold their nerve in the tense moments that end up lifting that glinting golden trophy.
France is considered to be one of the favourites to clinch World Cup silverware, with the likes of Pogba, Ousmane Dembele, Kylian Mbappe, and Antoine Griezmann at their disposal.