Marcus Forss and Onni Valakari scored in the first half to give Finland their first win against Les Bleus, having lost all their previous eight encounters going into the game at the Stade de France.
Finland are currently FIFA’s No. 55-ranked country.
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Les Bleus, whose last defeat was in June 2019 when they lost 2-0 away to Turkey in a Euro 2020 qualifier, face Portugal away on Saturday and Sweden at home on Tuesday in League A, Group 3 of the Nations League.
Forss put the visitors ahead against the run of play, beating keeper Steve Mandanda from close range with Finland’s first attempt of the game in the 28th minute.
Valakari doubled the tally three minutes later with a superb 20-metre curled shot.
France 0-2 Finland
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Deschamps replaced Olivier Giroud with Anthony Martial in the 57th minute and the hugely disappointing Paul Pogba with Ngolo Kante, but the changes had little effect.
Finland have now won four of their last five matches.