Controversial centre Mathieu Bastareaud has been recalled to the France squad for the 2010 RBS 6 Nations Championship.
The Stade Francais player caused a diplomatic stir when he claimed he had been attacked following a night out in Wellington on France’s tour to New Zealand last summer when, in fact, he sustained a suspected broken eye socket and needed four stitches in his cheek after a drunken fall in his hotel room.
Bastareaud, who returned to France following the incident, admitted his story was a lie concocted to hide the fact he had injured himself.
France Prime Minister Francois Fillon sent a written apology to New Zealand counterpart John Key over the incident, which was subject to a French Rugby Federation investigation which handed out a suspended three-month ban.
The 21-year-old has now been included by coach Marc Lievremont in France’s 30-man squad for the Six Nations opener with Scotland at Murrayfield on February 7.
Toulouse scrum-half Jean-Baptiste Elissalde was also recalled to the squad, which features 16 forwards and 14 backs and is without Julien Dupuy.
Stade Francais scrum-half Dupuy was already ruled out for the tournament after being handed a 24-week ban, reduced to 23 on appeal, for eye-gouging Ireland flanker Stephen Ferris in the Heineken Cup clash with Ulster.
Damien Traille and Fabien Barcella are out injured, while there was no place for Frederic Michalak or Maxime Medard.
Enigmatic Toulouse fly-half Michalak was included in the squad for last year’s autumn internationals against South Africa, Samoa and New Zealand but has not impressed Lievremont sufficiently to earn selection for the Six Nations opener.
Michalak replaced the injured Lionel Beauxis in the last squad, but the Stade Francais number 10 has also been left out.
Thierry Dusautoir led France throughout the autumn and will again be a key player in a pack which includes former skipper Lionel Nallet.
France travel to Edinburgh for the opening weekend of the championship, before meeting Ireland in Paris on February 13, Wales in Cardiff on February 26 and home games with Italy on March 14 and England on March 20.
France squad for the 2010 RBS 6 Nations Championship:
Forwards: T Domingo (Clermont Auvergne), L Ducalcon (Castres), S Marconnet (Stade Francais), N Mas (Perpignan), W Servat (Toulouse), D Szarzewski (Stade Francais), S Chabal (Racing Metro), R Millo-Chluski (Toulouse), L Nallet (Racing Metro), P Pape (Stade Francais), J Bonnaire (Clermont Auvergne), T Dusautoir (Toulouse), I Harinordoquy (Biarritz), A Lapandry (Clermont Auvergne), F Ouedraogo (Montpellier), L Picamoles (Toulouse).
Backs: JB Elissalde (Toulouse), M Parra (Clermont Auvergne), B Boyet (Bourgoin), F Trinh-Duc (Montpellier), M Bastareaud (Stade Francais), F Estebanez (Brive), Y Jauzion (Toulouse), D Marty (Perpignan), V Clerc (Toulouse), B Fall (Bayonnais), J Malzieu (Clermont Auvergne), A Rougerie (Clermont Auvergne), A Palisson (Brive), C Poitrenaud (Toulouse).