Crystal Palace's Steve Mandanda kept a clean sheet as France drew 0-0 with Belarus on a frustrating night for Les Bleus.
With only five players in their side that started the Euro 2016 final in July, Didier Deschamps' men dominated their opponents butOlivier Giroud, Paul Pogba and Antoine Greizman missed good chances, and Raphael Varane hit the crossbar as their World Cup qualifying campaign got off to a disappointing start.
At the other end it was a quiet night for the Palace keeper, who didn't have a save to make in the game in what was his 24th cap.
Another Eagle was left ruing a goalless draw on the other side of the world as Chung-yong Lee's South Korea were held to a goalless draw against Syria in Malaysia, in their second qualifier of the final group stage.
Having scored against China in their previous game, Lee had the best chance of the contest but Ibrahim Alma pulled out a good start to deny the winger.
Christian Benteke meanwhile was an unused substitute for the second game of the international break as Belgium comfortably saw off Cyprus by a 3-0 scoreline.