Arsenal's Abou Diaby and Chelsea's Lassana Diarra were among four newcomers called up by France coach Raymond Domenech on Thursday for a Euro 2008 qualifier against Lithuania and a friendly against Austria later this month.
A dispute over Olympique Lyon defender Eric Abidal's call-up to international duty against Slovakia this week has highlighted tension between club and country in French football.
France coach Raymond Domenech has delayed his announcement of Les Bleus' first choice goalkeeper for the 2006 World Cup until next March.
France survived a bumpy road to qualify for the World Cup for the first time in 20 years but question marks hang over their chances in Germany.
Injuries to David Trezeguet and Thierry Henry leave France to deal with an unusual situation in their World Cup Group Four qualifier in Switzerland on Saturday.
Coach Raymond Domenech did not consider calling up striker Nicolas Anelka to replace injured David Trezeguet for France's last two World Cup qualifiers against Switzerland and Cyprus.
Ambitious Gregory Coupet said on Tuesday he deserved to become a first choice player for France, claiming suspended Fabien Barthez's goalkeeping position should be handed to him full time.
Five games into the season, Olympique Marseille's dreams of challenging for the Ligue 1 title appear forlorn after they slumped to the bottom of the standings on Saturday.
William Gallas has regained his preferred position in central defence for France in Raymond Domenech's team to face Hungary in Tuesday's home friendly.
French coach Raymond Domenech says his dispute with Robert Pires is over and the Arsenal midfielder would be welcome back in his squad.
France put on a brave face as they prepared for a World Cup qualifier they cannot afford to lose against the Faroe Islands on Wednesday.
Having won the World Cup and European title in the past six years, France may have been too arrogant about their chances of winning Euro 2004, coach Jacques Santini admitted on Saturday.
Coach Jacques Santini ordered France to wake up after their 2-2 draw against Croatia at Euro 2004 on Thursday.
France captain Marcel Desailly looked to have fully recovered from a knee injury as the defending champions prepared on Friday for their Euro 2004 opener against England.
Respect has become the key word for France three days before the European champions start the defence of their title against arch-rivals England in Lisbon on Sunday.
France's playmaker Zinedine Zidane would not be too upset if Sunday's Euro 2004 match against England ended in a draw.