France clash with Scots will be emotional after Charlie Hebdo attacks

Philippe Saint-Andre

France head coach Philippe Saint-Andre believes his team's Six Nations encounter with Scotland will give the country a chance to come together following the spate of recent militant attacks.

Seventeen people were killed in France across three days earlier this month after attacks on satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, police officers and a kosher supermarket.

Les Bleus host Scotland at Stade de France on February 7 in the team's opening game of the tournament, and Saint-Andre expects the fixture to be a "very emotional" occasion.

"I am definitely sure the Marseillaise against Scotland will be very emotional," Saint-Andre said.

"It was a very, very tough time, but everybody stuck together and demonstrated how proud we are of our country and very proud of our different cultures.

"All the crowd and French public will be 150 percent behind the French team."