France began the tournament with a 3-0 triumph over Honduras, and Thuram, who has won the most international caps for his national team, has insisted that their opening result can act as a springboard for Les Bleus to go on to win the competition.
The 42-year-old told RTL: "Yes, they can win. There are players of great quality.
"There is a coach who knows how to win, who has already won as a player and a coach."
Thuram won the World Cup, European Championship and Confederations Cup during his 14-year career with France.