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Although ultimately a victor in World Wars I and II, France suffered extensive losses in its empire, wealth, manpower, and rank as a dominant nation-state. Nevertheless, France today is one of the most modern countries in the world and is a leader among European nations. Since 1958, it has constructed a presidential democracy resistant to the instabilities experienced in earlier parliamentary democracies. In recent years, its reconciliation and cooperation with Germany have proved central to the economic integration of Europe, including the introduction of a common exchange currency, the euro, in January 1999. At present, France is at the forefront of efforts to develop the EU's military capabilities to supplement progress toward an EU foreign policy.
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|Nickname||Les Bleus (The Blues)|
|Association||French Football Federation
|Coach||Raymond Domenech, 2004-|
|Most caps||Marcel Desailly (116)|
|Top scorer||Michel Platini (41)|
Belgium 3 - 3 France
(Brussels, Belgium; 1 May 1904)
France 10 - 0 Azerbaijan
(Paris, France; 6 September 1995)
Denmark 17 - 1 France
(London, England; 19 October 1908)
|Appearances||12 (First in 1930)|
|Best result||Winners, 1998|
|Appearances||6 (First in 1960)|
|Best result||Winners, 1984 and 2000|
The France national football team is a European football team among the top sides in international football today.
France came third in the 1958 World Cup. The generation of Michel Platini and others came fourth in 1982, and third in 1986. In between, they won the European Championship in 1984.
France's most successful years were the late 1990s, the generation of Zidane and others. This team played in the semifinals of Euro 96, two years later hosted and won the 1998 World Cup, and two years later won Euro 2000.
Ranked as favourites, this team's performance in the 2002 World Cup was dismal, not winning a single game, nor scoring a goal. Despite this they were still among the favourites to win Euro 2004, but were beaten in the quarter-finals by the eventual surprise winners Greece.