The French football team arrives back from its disastrous World Cup campaign today to a country furious at its behaviour both on and off the pitch.
That has included poor play, a refusal to train and a string of bizarre press appearances.
Both the team and its outgoing coach Raymond Domenech have been the subject of a tidal wave of criticism.
French President Nicolas Sarkozy has summoned former captain Thierry Henry for a debriefing today while the fiasco has also been discussed in parliament.
Sports Minister Roselyne Bachelot told MPs: “Like you, I can only observe the disaster of a French team with immature big-shots ordering around terrified children, a desperate coach without authority and a French Football Federation that is lost. That is why the government has decided to take responsibility.”
For many, the pinacle of shame came on Sunday when the team boycotted training because Nicolas Anelka had been sent home for insulting Domenech.
Just two days later, France went down to South Africa, placing them bottom of their group and on a plane back to Paris.