Didier Deschamps's side entered the Group A clash two points behind leaders Sweden, but Les Bleus have now returned to the summit with just one match to play courtesy of a one-goal victory in Sofia.
Read how it all unfolded in Sports Mole's minute-by-minute live commentary of the action below.
BUL: Iliev; Zanev, Bozhikov, Bodurov, Popov; Kostadinov, Slavchev, Nedelev, Manolev; Delev, Galabinov
FRA: Lloris; Sidibe, Varane, Umtiti, Digne; Tolisso, Kante, Matuidi; Griezmann, Lacazette, Mbappe
1 - France have won only one of their 8 away games in Bulgaria (D1 L6), the first one on 9 June 1932 (5-3). Danger.— OptaJean (@OptaJean) October 7, 2017
5 - Bulgaria have won their last 5 home games in all comps. Warning.— OptaJean (@OptaJean) October 7, 2017