Laurent Blanc has named the Barcelona defender in his defence while Jeremy Menez will start on the right wing with Loic Remy upfront
Abidal replaces Younes Kaboul at the back, with the Tottenham Hotspur defender dropping to the bench while Anthony Reveillere comes in for Mathieu Debuchy at right-back.
Elsewhere, Jeremy Menez will start on the right-wing, with Bafetimbi Gomis out of the squad, leaving Loic Remy to be named as a lone forward.
Patrice Evra, Yohan Cabaye and Adil Rami have all shrugged off knocks to be included in the side as Laurent Blanc's men look to earn at least a point to guarantee top spot in Group D.
Bosnia have also made a change from the team who beat Luxembourg 5-0 on Friday with Boris Pandza coming in for Vedad Ibisevic, as the Balkan nation look to play a more defensive game.
France (4-2-3-1): Lloris; Reveillere, Rami, Abidal, Evra; Cabaye, M'Vila; Menez, Nasri, Malouda; Remy
Subs: Mandanda, Debuchy, Kaboul, Cisse, Martin, A. Diarra, Gameiro
Bosnia-Herzegovina (4-1-4-1): Hasagic; Papac, Spahic, Mujdza, Lulic; Pandza; Misimovic, Medunjanin, Rahimic; Pjanic; Dzeko
Subs: Begovic, Mravac, Muslimovic, Ibisevic, Ibricic, Zahirovic, Maletic