The winner of the clash in Salvador could be on course for top spot in Group E and would likely avoid a last-16 clash with Argentina, but Hitzfeld appears certain of how his players will approach the match.
Hitzfeld told a press conference: "It's a derby. We have to be firm in the defense and react quickly on counter-strikes.
"If we want to stand a chance against France, we will have to play beyond our limits. In the first match, we were a bit nervous. We have to be calmer and more composed."
Hitzfeld guided both Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich to Champions League triumphs, in 1997 and 2001 respectively.