France coach Laurent Blanc named Yoann Gourcuff in his preliminary 26-man squad for Euro 2012 on Tuesday, while there was a surprise first call-up for Montpellier defender Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa.
Gourcuff had been in danger of missing out, having made only 13 league appearances for Lyon this season due to injury, and has not represented his country since March 2011.
Meanwhile, Yanga-Mbiwa, who celebrated his 23rd birthday on Tuesday, took the place of Tottenham Hotspur centre-back Younes Kaboul, who was forced to drop out of the squad due to a patellar tendon injury.
"Younes is out of the Euro," said Blanc on Eurosport.
"He has a fairly significant injury to his knee, the patellar tendon, that's been troubling him for quite a while."
Blanc had previously unveiled a 12-man list of players playing overseas on May 9.
However, Blanc admitted that the chances of Remy being fit were not good.
"Remy has a pretty serious injury," said Blanc.
"We contacted the Marseille staff and it is true the conundrum we were faced with was either leave him out totally or give him the possiblity, albeit a dim one, of recovering in time for Euro.
"We chose the second possibility. We will leave it until May 28 (the eve of the deadline for announcing the final squad) to see how he is."
Blanc must announce his final 23-man squad by May 29.
Preliminary 26-man France squad for Euro 2012
Defenders: Gael Clichy (Manchester City/ENG), Mathieu Debuchy (Lille), Patrice Evra (Manchester United/ENG), Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal/ENG), Philippe Mexes (AC Milan/ITA), Adil Rami (Valencia/ESP), Anthony Reveillere (Lyon), Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa (Montpellier)
Midfielders: Yohan Cabaye (Newcastle United/ENG), Alou Diarra (Marseille), Yoann Gourcuff (Lyon), Florent Malouda (Chelsea/ENG), Marvin Martin (Sochaux), Blaise Matuidi (Paris Saint-Germain), Yann M'Vila (Rennes), Samir Nasri (Manchester City/ENG), Franck Ribery (Bayern Munich/GER)
Source: AFP Global Edition