Oh man, I make 100 loaves of bread a day at our restaurant (deli) and let me tell ya, there are few things better. The recipe at my site is what we base our bread on and getting it to french style is easy. Just follow the recipe, but preheat to 400f instead of 350f and brush with olive oil before you bake. You can also dust it with parmesan for a bit of a bite.
Keep an eye on it, if it is looking too dark, yank it our and tent it with foil for a while until it cools.
You cannot go wrong. Enjoy!!
Oh yeah, use a cookie sheet NEVER a loaf pan.