France marched to a fourth successive win in EuroBasket Women qualifying on Wednesday.
Pierre Vincent's team won 93-61 with imposing center Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui scoring a game-high 15 points and pulling down seven rebounds.
After a disappointing eighth-place finish at last year's EuroBasket Women in Italy, the French had to sit and watch as Russia, Spain, Belarus, Latvia and the Czech Republic represented Europe at the Olympics.
Maybe in four years when the London Games are staged, the French will have a chance to make their mark on the big stage.
For now, they have to make it back to the EuroBasket Women finals and already they have one foot in the door.
France veteran Emmeline Ndongue scored four straight points to ignite a 10-2 run at the end of the first quarter for a 24-11 lead and the home side pulled away for a decisive triumph.
Ndongue finished with 11 points for France, who had six players score in double figures.
France out-rebounded Romania 41-31 and also forced the eastern Europeans to turn the ball over 20 times while committing just 10 turnovers themselves.
Yacine Sene (French player): "After a two-days break, the hardest thing is to be involved in the start of the game. In this game, we made a good start with a lot of success."
Pierre Vincent (French Head coach): " It is hard to comment this game because the difference of level is too big. But, we will have to win in Romania anyway. One of the positive things of tonight is that we scored 93 points and we knew how to be effective in offense and in defense. Tonight we were the big winner but Saturday against Croatia, it will be another game. The team will have to be ready and stay focused."