France wary of Socceroos: captain Lloris

France's star-studded team is bracing for a combative Australian challenge in their World Cup opener, captain Hugo Lloris says.

But if the Australians are taking hope from their last World Cup clash, they may just be fooling themselves.

In Russia four years ago, France pipped the Socceroos 2-1 in their opening match en route to capturing the cup.

The game - when the French scored from a contentious penalty and an own goal - still doesn't sit well with Lloris.

"We don't want to have that same feeling that we did after the game of Russia," Lloris told reporters on Monday.

"Even though we were able to have the win, from a performance point of view, we weren't up to scratch."

The nations meet again in Qatar on Tuesday night (Wednesday 0600 AEDT).

"It will be different because the squad has changed, if we're talking about the French team or the Australian team, things have changed," Lloris said.

"But I think the style of play will be the same."

France would respect the unfancied Australians with Lloris noting the shot of confidence the Socceroos gained from a playoff win against Peru to reach the cup.

"Australia is a very competitive team," he said.

"A team that has got a lot of confidence, confidence they were able to gain the game against Peru.

"They won on penalties and I think that this actually brings a team together and this creates very good resolve within a squad."

But the Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper said France's game plan would be relatively simple: keep the ball off Australia.

"We need to be very careful, I know that when they transition, getting up front, they are quick as well, they can penetrate very quickly," he said.

"So we need to keep up the pace as well. We need to look at our strengths up front.

"We want to have a lot of possession of the ball."