Coach Raymond Domenech believes the weight of expectation from the French public will help Les Bleus thrive at the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™ finals.

Domenech's side complete their preparations for the South Africa showpiece with a final friendly against China on the French overseas territory of Reunion on Friday night.

He told French television channel Antenne Reunion: "The impact of the public may bring a form of pressure, but a positive pressure from people who feel that the France team should succeed.

I feel my players are determined. And the addition of the public pressure will put the final touches to our mental preparation.

France coach Raymond Domenech

"This is really what I wanted and what I expected," said the coach, so often a lightning rod with members of the media and fans in France. "We must refocus to prepare for the match against China and be ready against Uruguay (France's World Cup opener in Cape Town on 11 June).

"I feel my players are determined. And the addition of the public pressure will put the final touches to our mental preparation," he went on.  "They know what to expect. They also know what people expect of them. It is most important."

Les Bleus have been drawn in Group A in South Africa alongside the hosts, Uruguay and Mexico.