After returning from injury at the end of Manchester City's record-breaking Premier League title success, Benjamin Mendy has done enough to earn a place, although team-mate Aymeric Laporte - City's record signing - misses out.
"But as it is a muscle injury, there is a risk of a relapse".
France, losing finalists at Euro 2016, are one of the favourites for the tournament.
Alphonse Areola and Steve Mandanda will provide back-up for Hugo Lloris in goal, while Benjamin Mendy-who has made just three substitute appearances for Manchester City since September-was included among the defenders, who also included Raphael Varane, Samuel Umtiti and Presnel Kimpembe.
Antoine Griezmann will lead the attack, fresh from scoring twice for Atletico in the Europa League final.
'Just watch Mbappe's performance in this position against Russian Federation recently.
"But now it's a reality and I will work during training to be the best performer possible to help the team".
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Kante, recently named Chelsea's Player of the Year, will head to Russian Federation hoping to help his nation lift the World Cup two decades on from their maiden and to date only triumph in the competition.
Deschamps has until June 4 before submitting his definitive squad list.
"He played the first half-hour of the Europa League final and his situation worsened".
"Two years have passed".
"Players have repaid my faith and I put the group above everything", Deschamps said.
France have been drawn in Group C at the World Cup, meaning they will face Australia, Peru and Denmark.
France have three warm-up games ahead of the World Cup - against the Republic of Ireland on May 28, Italy four days later and the United States on June 9.