There will be five changes for France's line-up in the Six Nations clash with Italy, including a return for Mathieu Bastareaud.
Wales head coach Warren Gatland wants his players to be "pretty physical" when they come up against Jonathan Sexton and Conor Murray.
Olivier Magne says French rugby must establish an identity if the national team is to have any chance of challenging for honours.
Warren Gatland takes charge of Wales for the 100th time and hands recalls to fit-again trio Dan Biggar, Leigh Halfpenny and Liam Williams.
Garry Ringrose is back in contention for Ireland as they prepare to face Wales in the Six Nations.