France's football team has returned to Paris under heavy police protection after their humiliating first-round exit from the World Cup.
The plane chartered by the French Federation landed in Paris, after a 15-hour flight from South Africa.
A smattering of supporters were kept at a distance and dozens of photographers, cameramen and journalists were penned behind a wire fence.
Some of the players went straight into two coaches with darkened windows which left the airport through a back entrance.
Team captain Thierry Henry is expected later at the Elysee Palace for a meeting with President Nicolas Sarkozy.
Les Bleus' World Cup campaign, marred by infighting and the boycott of a training session, ended on Wednesday with a 2-1 defeat by hosts South Africa that left them bottom of Group A without a win.
Their failure has turned into an affair of state.