The 34-year-old, who has also played for Wigan, Sunderland, Blackburn, QPR and Doncaster, has agreed a three-month contract with the League One Cumbrians.
Manager Graham Kavanagh, a former team-mate of the Frenchman, told the club website: "I obviously played with him at Wigan and Sunderland so I know what he's capable of.
"He's been excellent in training this week in terms of his energy levels and he just wants to play football.
"He's been playing in non-league football to keep himself fit, not because that's the level he should be playing at. I spoke to him on Sunday and he flew over from Paris on Monday morning.
"We did some testing on Tuesday and I was actually surprised with his levels of fitness. It will take him a few games to get his match fitness back fully but I think he's got the ability."
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