France are being viewed as the favourites to bring home the trophy in many circles and playing in their home country will undoubtedly aid their attempt.
Furthermore, they have been handed what is probably the easiest draw with Albania, Romania and Switzerland joining them in Group A.
Having said that, the French must be wary of complacency. Romania was one of four undefeated teams throughout the qualifying campaign, securing five victories and five draws. However, their affinity for a stalemate meant that they finished behind Northern Ireland.
Albania, meanwhile, were undoubtedly helped by the award of a 3-0 away win over Serbia after crowd troubles. Nevertheless, they also did enough to obtain an automatic qualifying spot.
Switzerland did what could only be described as a professional job by winning all the easy games to book their spot at the EURO finals but they should pose little threat to Didier Deschamps’ men.
Les Bleus were spared the tiring qualification campaign due to their role as hosts, but they have been keeping themselves busy with some high-profile friendlies. Loic Remy and Kurt Zouma will hope to see their names on the list when the squad is announced.
Should he continue in the same vein in which he currently finds himself, there will be little justification for leaving Zouma out. On the other hand, Remy will need some regular football to prove his worth, a sentiment that has led some people to claim that he is wanting a Stamford Bridge exit.