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France faces stern Swiss test on the anniversary of its infamous World Cup strike

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    France's head coach Didier Deschamps attends a press conference, the day before the group E World Cup soccer match between France and Switzerland at the Arena Fonte Nova stadium in Salvador, Brazil, Thursday, June 19, 2014. (AP Photo/David Vincent) (The Associated Press)

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    France's head coach Didier Deschamps attends a press conference, the day before the group E World Cup soccer match between France and Switzerland at the Arena Fonte Nova stadium in Salvador, Brazil, Thursday, June 19, 2014. (AP Photo/David Vincent) (The Associated Press)

France faces Switzerland on the anniversary of its infamous World Cup training ground strike, and a victory in Friday's match will go a long way to closing the darkest chapter in France's football history.

Four years ago in South Africa, the players shamed a nation back home and prompted the fury of politicians when they refused to climb down off the team bus in protest at one of their teammates being sent home.

Confidence has been rebuilt under coach Didier Deschamps and pride in the blue jersey has — seemingly — been restored after some good results.

However, questions remain whether the current side has truly turned the page on June 20, 2010 and Knysna — where the strike took place.

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