The loosehead prop was expected to be on the treatment table for five weeks, but he sped up his recovery and after returning to full-time training last week has been included in the setup for this Saturday's encounter at Twickenham.
Elliot Daly also gets a starting nod as he takes a place on the wing.
England team to face France:
Mike Brown; Jonny May, Jonathan Joseph, Owen Farrell, Elliot Daly; George Ford, Ben Youngs; Joe Marler, Dylan Hartley, Dan Cole; Joe Launchbury; Courtney Lawes; Maro Itoje, Tom Wood, Nathan Hughes.
Replacements: Jamie George, Matt Mullan, Kyle Sinckler, Teimana Harrison, James Haskell, Danny Care, Ben Te'o, Jack Nowell