Claude got the nod to travel to Austria for the second World Cup event of the fledgling season and will team up with Fourcade's younger brother Martin, who won twice at the curtain-raiser in Oestersund last weekend.
The older Fourcade is suffering from a vascular problem in the legs which the French Ski Federation said would require surgery. He is not expected back on the snow until February.
Claude and Martin Fourcade will be joined by Vincent Jay, Jean-Guillaume Béatrix, Alexis Boeuf and Simon Desthieux in the French line-up in Austria.
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