North is not in the match-day squad and Scott Williams comes on to the bench.
Wales say the Northampton player has shown no concussion symptoms since his head knocks in the defeat by England
Yet because North was concussed in November, they are giving him “an extended recovery period ahead of the game against France”.
Liam Williams played in the 12-6 win over south Africa in November when North was missing after suffering concussion in the 34-16 defeat to new Zealand.
Scarlet’s center and captain Scott Williams could have his chance to shine in Edinburgh if he comes off the bench.