The temptation for one last huge payday, to be a trailblazer in a nation looking to boost its standing in the sport, or just to try something different often can be too big to resist.
Olivier Giroud is now tied with Thierry Henry as France's top goalscorer with 51 goals.
France host Austria next Thursday and travel to face Denmark three days later. France are last in Group 1 with two points from four games.
The 36-year-old Giroud had tied Henry’s record of 51 goals when he scored twice in a 4-1 win over Australia in France’s opening game in Qatar.
Kylian Mbappe skipped past three defenders before drilling in his 28th international goal in the 56th minute on Thursday. France defeated Austria 2-0.
In the World Cup, Canada lost its opening match 1-0 despite outplaying Belgium, then took a second-minute lead against Croatia before losing 4-1 and getting eliminated.
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