France has a long tradition of producing some phenomenally gifted midfielders, whether they are of the attacking, defensive or wide variety.
Historically, as one of the greatest exporters of domestic talent, France boasts some of world football’s luminaries amongst its former international stars.
Michel Platini and Patrick Vieira are two of those. However, they arguably are not even the most gifted players to have graced the field en bleu, even though they are two of Les Tricolores' most instantly recognisable names.
In this list are some of the players who have helped to shape the landscape of French football, and, of course, there are some important candidates who also missed out.
I have tried to select the players that best represented France domestically as well as internationally. But such was the level of talent that the majority of this list plied their trade abroad for the best part of their career.
Here is my take on Platini, Vieira and France’s eight best international midfielders.