Uefa president Michel Platini does not fancy France’s chances at this summer’s World Cup finals.
The French legend says a combination of the ‘Raymond problem’ and a lack of talent will undermine French prospects.
“There’s a Raymond problem. A problem of personality, not as a coach,” he told Groupe Hersant.
“He was hopeless, it was after the Euros with his proposal which hurt the whole of France. People were in pain, sad, and he, he comes with his words.
“He knew it, he’s acknowledged it, he messed up and that’s it.
“Before being himself, he is the coach of the France team. His duty is to the whole French footballing family.”
France only just qualified for this summer’s tournament via the play-offs and Platini believes they will struggle if they reach the knockout stages
“I don’t see them winning, I see them passing the first round, he said. “After they will play either Argentina or Nigeria.”
“The France team are not currently the best in the world, nor among the three best teams in the world, but they are part of those teams, like Argentina, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Holland, who will be difficult to beat.
“There are good individuals in the group, but let’s be clear, there’s no great individual. Simply put, I think France have lost a great generation.”
He added: “For me, there are three teams who are at the top, Spain, England and Brazil. They have the best teams, the best players and it is them who play the best.
“After, we can imagine a second circle with Germany, Italy, Argentina.”