France got their World Cup qualifying campaign off to a poor start as they were held to a goalless draw in Belarus in Group A on Tuesday.
France, runners-up at this year's European Championship, dominated the match but could find no way through with Olivier Giroud wasting their best opportunities.
Giroud pulled an effort wide when through on goal early in the second half and rattled the crossbar with a header.
In the group's other games, Sweden and the Netherlands drew 1-1 while Bulgaria came out on top 4-3 in a seven-goal thriller against Luxembourg.
At Solna, Sweden
Sweden 1 (Berg 43) Netherlands 1 (Sneijder 67)
Bulgaria 4 (Rangelov 16, Marcelinho 65, Popov 79, Tonev 90+2) Luxembourg 3 (Joachim 60, 62, Bohnert 90+1)
At Borisov, Belarus
Belarus 0 France 0
At Basel, Switzerland
Switzerland 2 (Embolo 23, Mehmedi 30) Portugal 0
Faroe Islands 0 Hungary 0
At Andorra La Vella
Andorra 0 Latvia 1 (Sabala 48)
At Shkoder, Albania
Albania 2 (Sadiku 9, Bala 89) Macedonia 1 (Alioski 51) - final 14 minutes played on Tuesday after game stopped on 76 minutes on Monday due to torrential rain
Cyprus 0 Belgium 3 (Romelu Lukaku 13, 61, Carrasco 81)
At Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Bosnia and Herzegovina 5 (Spahic 7, 90+2, Dzeko 23-pen, Medunjanin 71, Ibisevic 83) Estonia 0
At Faro, Portugal
Gibraltar 1 (Walker 26) Greece 4 (Mitroglou 10, Wiseman 44-og, Fortounis 45, Torosidis 45+1)