Les Bleus come to London on the back of a second-half collapse against Wales, ludicrous mistakes by Yoann Huget and Sebastien Vahaamahina leading to a ninth defeat in 12 Tests under Jacques Brunel.
They repeatedly tried to slow the game down against Wales, earning a mild rebuke from referee Wayne Barnes.
England need to back up their Dublin heroics and, as a side issue, it would be nice to see them make more use of their replacements.
Ben Moon and Dan Cole — whose last start was in the Stade de France 11 months ago — come onto the bench. Not for the first time, France have swung the axe, with six changes from the XV that lost to Wales.
In the backs, Maxime Medard and Wesley Fofana drop out and teenage centre Romain Ntamack slips to the bench, which means Geoffrey Doumayrou and Mathieu Bastareaud renew their powerful centre partnership from the autumn. Up front, Atonio, Willemse and Wenceslas Lauret miss out and among those stepping in is flanker Yacouba Camara, whose marauding runs caused England a lot of problems last year.
The eight French replacements have only 25 caps between them, evidence either of a growing desperation or a realisation of the need to discard perpetual losers and blood young talent. What have the coaches said?
They are full of talent, they have a lot of unpredictability.
Fightback: France celebrate their win in , their last championship victory on English soil Getty What time does it kick off and is it on TV? What are the line-ups?
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