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Palace's Former Frenchmen

11 July 2015

The Eagles have secured the signing of midfielder Yohan Cabaye from Ligue 1 giants Paris-Saint Germain, making him – arguably – Palace’s most high-profile French player ever.

The 29-year-old playmaker has represented Les Bleus 38 times – to date – since 2010, appearing at both EURO 2012 and the 2014 World Cup.

He brings with him a wealth of European experience as well, having played Europa League football with both Lille and Newcastle United, as well as Champions League football with PSG.

To celebrate his arrival, we’ve had a look at his fellow compatriots who have gone before him in representing the red and blue army.

Cedric Berthelin

The goalkeeper spent a season with the Eagles, most memorably putting in a sensational performance away to Liverpool in the FA Cup. Palace won the game 2-0 at Anfield and Berthelin was hailed for his display.

Once Iain Dowie arrived as manager, the Frenchman lost his place as first choice and had to make do with a back-up role before leaving the club.

Cedric Carasso

Another French shot-stopper, Carasso joined Palace on loan from Marseille, but only made one appearance during his time in SE25. The youngster has since gone on to establish himself at Ligue 1 club Bordeaux, earning himself one international cap.

Elliot Grandin

Signed from Blackpool upon the Eagles’ return to the top flight, the Caen-born midfielder only made one appearance for the club, playing in a League Cup fixture against Bristol City – which Palace lost 2-1.

Leandre Griffit

Griffit signed during Neil Warnock’s first spell as Palace manager, following a period on trial. The winger only made six appearances in all competitions before moving on.

Valerien Ismael

The defender arrived for a big fee in 1998, but struggled to establish himself and only remained in SE25 for a short while.

Florian Marange

The left-back was signed by Ian Holloway before the Eagles’ return to the Premier League, but made just one appearance (away to Bristol City) before returning to his homeland.

Alassane N’Diaye

After coming through the youth ranks, N’Diaye made 42 first-team appearances between 2009 and 2011, before leaving for Southend United.

Yaya Sanogo

Sanogo joined the Eagles from Arsenal in January last season, on loan until the end of the campaign. Despite finding his chances limited, he scored in the away FA Cup win at Southampton and put in some solid centre forward performances before returning to the Gunners.

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