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TOP 5: Vive la France! Who are this season’s top French players?

French players have dominated the Premier League over the past two or so decades.

The likes of Eric Cantona, Thierry Henry, Patrick Vieira, Robert Pires and Claude Makelele have succeeded greatly in England's top flight since the Premier League kicked off back in 1992.

On Friday, the world looked on stunned when the French capital of Paris was attacked by terrorists who senselessly killed 129 people and injured hundreds more.

In a tribute to the nation of France, has taken a look at the current season form of the Top 5 Frenchman currently plying their trade in the Premier League as we continue to Pray For Paris.

Top 5 current French players in the Premier League

5. Bacary Sagna (Manchester City)

This selection may cause a lot of consternation, especially within the fans of Sagna's former club Arsenal, but the right-back has taken his chance for the league-leading Man City.

Manuel Pellegrini has started Sagna in 11 of the 12 league matches and he has stepped into Pablo Zabaleta's absence with aplomb.

Constantly maligned, Sagna sits seventh on the EA Sports Player Performance Index (PPI) having played 990 minutes and has been one of his side's most consistent performers so far this term.

Many may not agree, but Sagna has been impressive in the current campaign and rightly deserves his place in our Top 5.

4. Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal)

The 30-year-old continues to become one of Europe's top centre-backs.

Koscielny has appeared 10 times in the Premier League with the Gunners winning seven of those on the back of four clean sheets.

The former Lorient man arrived in North London as a little-known player but over the past five years has emerged as one of the best defenders in England.

This season has been no different with the 23-time Les Bleus international a key ingredient in Arsene Wenger's side that sit second on the table and are a genuine chance to challenge for the title.

3. Dimitri Payet (West Ham United)

The attacking midfielder has been arguably the recruit of the season such have been the quality of his performances for the Hammers.

28-year-old Payet has marked his opening 12 league outings in England with five goals and three assists, guiding the sixth-placed East Londoners to six wins and three draws.

West Ham paid Marseille £10.7million for Payet in the summer and he has been one of the best-performed newcomers in the English top flight in the opening few months of the 2015/16 season. He is ranked second for midfielders on the EA Sport PPI and fourth overall.

Unfortunately for the Hammers, Payet sustained a serious ankle injury against Everton last time out and is now set to miss up to three months.

2. Hugo Lloris (Tottenham)

The France national team captain is by far the pick of the French goalkeepers in the Premier League.

28-year-old Lloris has kept four clean sheets for Spurs who currently sit fifth on the table and has a constant calming influence on Mauricio Pochettino's side.

Since his arrival from Lyon in the summer of 2012, Lloris has stamped his authority on the English game and this season has stepped up yet again as the North Londoners look towards a return to the top four.

Lloris leads by example for both club and country and is a brilliant role model at Hotspur Way, placing him safely in our French Top 5.

1. Yohan Cabaye (Crystal Palace)

Cabaye is pure class.

The 29-year-old midfielder has returned to England in great order after a fairly unsuccessful stint at Paris Saint-Germain.

Cabaye was one of the top players in his position in the Premier League during his time with Newcastle United before trying his luck with France's premium club.

Things may not have worked out for him in the capital but he has reunited with Alan Pardew to great effect in South London, helping Palace to eighth place in the league.

The former Lille star has netted four goals and provided one assist but numbers aside, he has been a high-class performer who has quickly endeared himself to the Selhurst Park faithful.

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