France coach Bernard Laporte remains unperturbed by recent criticism over his side's performances as they prepare for Saturday's RBS 6 Nations clash with Wales at the Stade de France.
Les Bleus are so far unbeaten in the competition, winning their opening match 16-9 against Scotland before stunning England 18-17 at Twickenham a fortnight ago.
But their overall performances have been disappointing as the team has appeared to lack inspiration and organisation.
Laporte recently found himself on the end of some fierce criticism from former France coach Pierre Villepreux, who questioned his tactics and way of handling the team.
However, the current coach is keeping faith with his players, who he believes will bounce back and show their real potential on their home ground.
''I don't deny the fact that our match against Scotland was bad but straight after it we went to Twickenham to win again and our supporters were happy about it,'' said Laporte.
''We did a tour of honour there which proved we have reconciled with our fans.
''After two matches we have two wins so I am not worried.
''The only thing I could be worried about is that we did not manage to impose the game we wanted to, mainly because we got very few occasions to attack.''
As defending champions, France will need a win over an in-form Welsh side if they are to keep alive their title ambitions.
The clash is the first part of a two-match adventure which will next take the French to tournament favourites Ireland, who meet England on Sunday.
''The match against Wales will be open,'' Laporte continued.
''The Welsh have been playing with a settled side since the World Cup. I don't forget that they almost defeated England in the quarter-finals.
''This is going to be a must-win clash for them as well as for us. This is one of the finals of the competition.
''By defeating England we eliminated them from the title race and if we beat Wales we will sideline another direct rival.''
Brive's Julien Laharrague will make his international debut at full-back after being called up in a bid to boost the team's attack, while centre Yannick Jauzion is also back in the team and will be re-united with Damien Traille in a pairing which proved hugely successful during the 2004 RBS 6 Nations campaign.
Winger Aurelien Rougerie has overcome the facial injury which caused him to miss the Twickenham match, while Beziers' Yannick Nyanga will start in the back row.
Flanker Serge Betsen, one of the key members there, has passed a fitness test on his thigh injury while captain Fabien Pelous is also expected to be fit to lead Les Bleus despite picking up a calf problem in training.
A minute's silence will be observed before the game in memory of former France captain Jean Prat, who died on Friday aged 81.
Prat, a powerful flanker, won 51 caps between 1945 and 1955 and captained France to their first Five Nations triumph in 1954.
Prat went on to coach the national team between 1963 and 1968 and is described by the Federation Francais de Rugby as a "mythical figure of French rugby".
Before Will Greenwood started breaking down moves off the field, he was doing the business on it - and no match better illustrated the type of marauding centre he was than in a virtuoso performance against Wales.