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The past
France's performances at the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup are best described as a mixed bag, a label that also sums up their qualification record – they have featured in four of the six competitions held to date. Their best result so far came at Chile 2008, where they lost 2-1 to Korea DPR in the semi-finals before being beaten by Germany in the play-off for third place. Korea DPR also proved their conquerors in Russia two years earlier, this time at the quarter-final stage. However, Les Bleuettes failed to progress beyond the first round at both the inaugural tournament and during their most recent appearance, falling to Germany on both occasions.

The present
France go into the U-20 World Cup as European U-19 champions, having lifted the trophy back in August 2013, a triumph that sealed their place in Canada. After edging past Germany 2-1 in the semi-finals, Gilles Eyquem's team defeated England 2-0 after extra time in the final. "Following on from the U-17 World Cup-winning campaign under Guy Ferrier, this victory in the U-19 Euros is the pinnacle. There is a certain sense of continuity, as several players featured in both competitions. This trophy is also the culmination of the work put in by Gilles Eyquem and his staff. In my opinion, the Tricolores looked very balanced and well organised. Between them, the U-17s and U-19s are two outstanding generations," said Philippe Bergeroo, the head coach of the France senior women's side, after the tournament in Wales.

The future

As noted by Bergeroo, the France U-20 team is still riding the wave of optimism from victory in the 2012 U-17 Women's World Cup in Azerbaijan. Centre-half Griedge M'Bock Bathy, who won the adidas Golden Ball at the tournament, and midfielder Sandie Toletti have already broken into the senior set-up. PSG new girls Ghoutia Karchouni and Lea Declercq can be expected to make the step up in the near future, as can goalkeeper Romane Bruneau, who scooped the Golden Glove at Azerbaijan 2012.