In Zinedine Zidane, they have a messiah-like character whose silky skills appear to have come direct from whatever god you may choose to follow.
A more cynical opponent might have tried to man-mark the midfield maestro out of the game.
But, even if that tactic was to be successful, others such as Thierry Henry and David Trezeguet only need a sniff of the goal to produce the kind of stunning finishing that destroyed the Scots.
Scotland boss Berti Vogts said his team should have stuck the old-fashioned boot in.
Who can forget his German countryman Harald Schumacher doing even more than that to halt Patrick Batiston and a previous French incarnation taking their deserved place in the history books?
This time, Argentina and Italy are the ones with the cynicism combined with the skill that might knock the favourites out their graceful stride.
Familiarity with Premiership-based French players could give a talented England squad some hope, too.