France have never gone all the way on the biggest stage, but the hosts appear to have their best chance yet of lifting the Webb Ellis Cup after cruising to top spot in Pool A.
The tone was set with victory over New Zealand in the tournament opener, and with inspirational captain Antoine Dupont providing a major boost with his return to the side just weeks after a facial fracture, Les Blues will be confident of pulling off another statement win in Paris this evening.
Defending champions South Africa will have other ideas though, with the Springboks’ focus very much on spoiling the French party and maintaining their bid for back-to-back World Cup triumphs and a record fourth overall.
Where to watch France vs South Africa
TV channel: In the UK, the game is available to watch live and free to air in the UK on ITV1, with coverage beginning at 7.15pm BST ahead of an 8pm kick-off.
Live stream: Fans can also catch the quarter-final action live online via the ITVX website and app.
Live blog: Follow the game live on matchday with Standard Sport’s live blog.