Chelsea's late August recruit Loic Remy, who left Queens Park Rangers to sign with the club's local rivals in a £10.5 million deal on August 31, proved to be the difference-maker and match-winner earlier this evening, Thursday as the Frenchman's sole goal ensured Les Bleus edged Spain in a 1-0 triumph in Paris.
World Champions in 2010, Spain bowed out of the subsequent tournament earlier this summer at the earliest - and most humiliating - stage possible.
A shake-up to the squad has not helped matters, as Spain's international woes continued.
In contrast, France had many reasons to be cheerful: defensive prospect Raphael Varane organised the rearguard extremely well, Mathieu Valbuena's link-up play was exquisite and Karim Benzema showed off his footballing brain with clever runs and tested David de Gea on numerous occasions.
However, not one starter was able to break the deadlock despite the advantages they had throughout the match.
That changed when Loic Remy entered the field as the 28-year-old scored a 73rd minute winner with a left footed volleyed effort which fizzed into the top left hand corner.
Remy is one of three superb striking options for Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho, who will likely entrust Diego Costa with the most opportunities, while Didier Drogba, too, appears to be a reliable tertiary choice forward.
Remy returns for Chelsea training next week, as the Blues gear toward a top of the table clash with Swansea City at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, September 13.