They have grown to be a major football team since the 90's.
French skipper/star defender Patrice Evra indicated that the team aims to make it all the way to win the competition.
Their recent form have been rather ordinary being held by Tunisia and then beaten 1-0 by China, though the Manchester United defender has still set the bar high for the national team.
The recent history of French national team shows that they have managed come out strong in the World Cup events. Despite a drop in standards in 2002 and 2006, France still came agonisingly close to grasping a second global title in the latter tournament, only losing out on penalties to Italy in the Final.
“We"ve come here to go all the way," he told the press, according to Ligue 1"s official website. “This squad really wants to pull off something awesome together. But our good intentions need to be translated onto the pitch."
Leaving behing the recent defeat against China, Evra said “The most important thing is [tonight's] game. That"s what we"ve been preparing for."
“Uruguay are a tough team. They have a rock-solid defence and it"s up to us to play well enough to get around them."
France last met Uruguay 18 months back, the match ended in a goalless draw.