Former France captain Philippe Saint-Andre will take over from current boss Marc Lievremont as national coach after the Rugby World Cup in New Zealand.
The 44-year-old scored 32 tries in 69 internationals from 1990-1997.
He will officially take charge on 1 December after leaving his current position as Toulon's director of rugby.
Lievremont, 42, replaced Bernard Laporte as coach after the 2007 World Cup and guided France to the Six Nations title and a Grand Slam in 2010.
He will be hoping to see his side lift the Webb Ellis Cup for the first time at this year's tournament, which begins next month. His side are in Group A along with hosts New Zealand, Japan, Canada and Tonga.
Lievremont announced in May 2010 that he would step down after taking the team to New Zealand.
Nicknamed "Le Goret" - or "The Pig" - Saint-Andre established his reputation at Clermont and won 69 caps on the wing for France between 1990 and 1997, captaining them 34 times.
He joined Premiership side Gloucester in 1996 and began his coaching career there before he moved to Bourgoin and then Sale Sharks with whom he won the English championship in 2006.
He returned to France in 2009 with Toulon, reaching the semi-finals of the French championship in 2010.