The French basketball players were beaten by Japan (59-69) in their last preparation match, four days before the World Cup, Sunday in Sydney. This is the second defeat in a row for Les Bleues after the one conceded against the Australians on Friday (92-88). Before joining Australia, they had beaten Bosnia-Herzegovina and Belgium twice. They will play a practice match, behind closed doors, against the Americans on Monday. France will start its World Cup with a match against Australia on Thursday, before facing Canada, Mali, Japan and Serbia. Les Bleues are notably deprived of their captain Sandrine Gruda, injured.