France have endured a strange relationship with the World Cup since they lifted the trophy on home soil in 1998. They flopped in 2002 exiting the competition in the group stages following a shock opening defeat to Senegal, reached the final again in 2006 before Zinedine Zidane helped them press the self-destruct button and they turned mutinous in 2010 after the camp split following a heated row between Nicolas Anelka and the coach Raymond Domenech. 455 more words