Goalkeeper Hugo Lloris concedes automatic qualification for the World Cup is now out of France's reach but he is convinced Les Bleus will be the team to avoid in the play-offs.
While France were warming up for Tuesday night's visit of Finland with a 6-0 friendly victory over Australia, Spain were edging out Belarus 2-1 to take a three-point lead into the final round of Group I games.
That result left France coach Didier Deschamps with only one option if he was to mastermind a last-ditch raid on top spot - beat Finland while praying fourth-placed Georgia could trump the world champions in Albacete.
A significant swing in goal difference would also be required, further lengthening France's odds of usurping Spain.
And while Lloris is confident his team-mates can get a positive result against Finland, he feels Spain have already done enough to book their place at next summer's finals.
``The plan remains qualifying for the World Cup in Brazil,'' Lloris told reporters.
``Spain have already done the job on Friday and we're not expecting any mistakes from them tomorrow.
``It would be nice to end this international break with a second win and then we can think about the play-offs.''
France now sit 25th in the FIFA world rankings and Lloris fears their disappointing campaign could translate into a low seeding and see them pitted against a strong opponent such as Sweden or Portugal in the play-offs.
He is, however, taking comfort from the belief those nations will be even more nervous about drawing the 1998 World Cup winners.
``(The ranking) could be troublesome for us, but we will have to deal with it,'' the Tottenham keeper said.
``It also shows us how much we still have to achieve. Then again, no one wants to be drawn against France.''
Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud should start at the expense of Karim Benzema while Liverpool centre-back Mamadou Sakho partners Raphael Varane in defence.
Finland, meanwhile, will name their strongest line-up rather than blood untested talent.
Celtic's Teemu Pukki will lead the line with experienced midfielder Teemu Tainio angling for an appearance at the Stade de France.
Coach Mixu Paatelainen admits picking the perfect team for the occasion remains his priority, even though the game offers no tangible reward for Finland.
``The process of player selection is taking place all the time, it's happening weeks before the actual event,'' the former Hibernian boss said.
``It might be thinking about what your opponent is like, what kind of players are needed, what kind of strategy you need or which players are available.
``A lot of factors are involved and team selection is a multi-week process.''