Few people are giving them a chance, and many across France are actively willing them to lose, but if Paris Saint-Germain were to cause an upset against Barcelona in the Champions League quarter-finals it would be fantastic news for French football as a whole.
Coming into the tie between the new financial powerhouse of the world game and the team regarded by most as the best on the planet, there has been plenty of discussion in France about whether players and fans of other clubs will be backing PSG or their opponents.
In an interview with sports daily L'Equipe on the eve of the first leg at the Parc des Princes, PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi expressed his belief that "the majority of the country will be behind us".
Others, however, feel that such a view may be a little naive, especially with the Ligue 1 leaders, the symbol of Parisian power and arrogance, coming up against a Barcelona side adored by so many in France.
"In France people love to hate the capital, and PSG's financial might compared to other French clubs has seen the hatred towards them increase," says Éric Di Meco, a former Marseille and France defender who now appears as a radio and television pundit.
"There is a historic and human problem between the capital club and the provinces. In this tie, the effect is amplified by the presence of Barça, who are loved by football fans everywhere."
You are certainly unlikely to find many people in Marseille rooting for PSG, and OM fans would have been pleased to hear playmaker Mathieu Valbuena publicly declaring that he hoped Barcelona go through to the semi-finals.
His team-mate Alaixys Romao also declared that he will be backing the Catalans, but added: "If they had been playing Lyon, I might have supported Lyon."
A recent L'Equipe survey revealed that PSG are far and away France's most hated club, but it is more important now than ever for fans of other clubs to cast aside such sentiments.
PSG are France's only survivor in Europe at a time when Ligue 1's status as one of the continent's top five leagues is under threat.
French clubs have historically underperformed in European competition, with Marseille's success in 1993 remaining the only time that one of the country's clubs has won the European Cup. Paris Saint-Germain's victory in the Cup-Winners' Cup in 1996 is the only time a French side has lifted a European trophy since.
While Celtic managed to beat Barcelona in the group stage of this season's Champions League and went on to reach the last 16, Montpellier and Lille were both poor in finishing bottom of their groups.
With Bordeaux losing to Benfica in the last 16 of the Europa League, Portugal is on course to leapfrog France into fifth place in the UEFA coefficient standings, something which would have an impact on French football as a whole.
With traditional powerhouses like Lyon and Marseille currently struggling, it is just as well that PSG have made it this far. Beating Barcelona would give the image of Ligue 1 a lift, and might even alter some opinions.
"People's opinions will start to change if they can go on a good run in the Champions League, eliminating some big European names on the way," said former PSG and Marseille player Daniel Bravo recently.
But, having come through a relatively easy group containing Porto, Dynamo Kiev and Dinamo Zagreb before beating a limited Valencia side in the last 16, PSG have not yet faced a true continental giant.
Now they will, and while nobody can doubt the quality of player in Carlo Ancelotti's squad - notably Thiago Silva and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, but also the likes of Blaise Matuidi and Ezequiel Lavezzi - PSG's performances over the course of the campaign suggest that beating Barcelona is surely beyond them.
Ancelotti's team had to dig deep to beat Montpellier 1-0 on Friday, a result that saw them move seven points clear at the top of Ligue 1. Montpellier are the reigning champions and, while not as strong as last season, they remain a good side.
But this is a different challenge entirely and, even with all the money in the world, the best that France has to offer still have some way to go before becoming the best in Europe.