It’s a match which searched in threat of not going ahead at one phase amid the politicking of French rugby.
Then there were ideas France could be woefully understrength.
But when the sides were revealed in midweek they were at their greatest and Wales were not far short of their finest line-up, too.
A delicious video game under the Paris lights remains in possibility on Saturday evening, then.
MARK ORDERS assesses how the two groups compare …
Anthony Bouthier 8 v Leigh Halfpenny 8
Bouthier created the so-called spiral that went viral versus England– a 90- metre kick that became a web sensation.
But he is also known for his harmful ranging from deep. If Wales kick loosely he has the counter-attacking ability to make them pay.
Halfpenny’s recent specialty is a nine-out-of-nine kicking screen for the Scarlets, however there is a lot more to him than just a precise boot.
He is a professional reader of player and he remains in type: Wales will feel safe and secure with him at the back.
Teddy Thomas 7 v Josh Adams 8
Thomas is a lethal in attack and will score if provided half a possibility, however he can also be susceptible in defence.
His challenger has more of an all-round video game.
Adams works hard off the ball, scores attempts and can conjure game-changing minutes.
Virimi Vakatawa 8 v Jonathan Davies 8
It’s a clash of styles.
Vakatawa completely circulation is a problem to defend against. He is quick, effective and has an eye for a gap. There are very few better assaulting centres in the video game.
But there are not many better