Laurent Blanc will become France coach after the World Cup finals.
Confirmation of Blanc’s appointment comes after the country’s national federation finalised negotiations with his club Bordeaux.
Bordeaux had been unhappy with the conduct of the French Football Federation (FFF) but have now reached agreement regarding compensation.
A joint statement from Bordeaux and the FFF read: “The French Football Federation, its president, Jean-Pierre Escalettes and Bordeaux FC, its president and shareholder, have reached an agreement for the recruitment of Laurent Blanc as the coach of the France football team.”
Blanc was appointed Bordeaux boss in June 2007 and in the 2008-09 season managed to win both Ligue 1 and the Coupe de la Ligue. This season Bordeaux reached the Champions League quarter-finals but only finished sixth in the league.
Bordeaux were keen to retain Blanc as coach but he was intent on leading his country. He replaces Raymond Domenech, the current incumbent who has proved unpopular, despite reaching the World Cup final in 2006.