Les Bleus turn to former captain
Former France captain Didier Deschamps has been installed as the new coach of Les Bleus, it has been confirmed.
The French Football Federation has turned to the 43-year-old following the departure of Laurent Blanc at the end of Euro 2012 after two years in charge.
Deschamps won 103 international caps - 52 as skipper - during his playing career and he wore the armband for the World Cup triumph of 1998 and European championship win in 2000.
A statement on the FFF's website read: "Noel Le Graet, FFF president, and Didier Deschamps have finished their talks and have reached an agreement for the appointment of Mr Deschamps as coach of the France team.
"Noel Le Graet and Didier Deschamps will give a joint press conference on July 9 at 1730 (local time) at the headquarters of the French Football Federation."
Deschamps guided Marseille to the quarter-finals of the Champions League last season but they could only manage 10th place in Ligue 1 and he left his post last week by mutual consent.