Laurent Blanc will take over from Raymond Domenech as .
The French Football Federation (FFF) has agreed a compensation package of €1.5 million with Bordeaux, where Blanc was manager until he resigned last week.
The FFF and its president, Jean-Pierre Escalettes, have reached agreement with the president and shareholders of FC Girondins de Bordeaux with a view to the recruitment of Laurent Blanc as the coach of the France football team. As a player, 44-year-old Blanc was part of the France squad that won the World Cup in 1998.
However, he missed the final after he was controversially sent off against Croatia in the last four. Overall, Blanc made 97 appearances for France, scoring 16 goals.
At club level Blanc played for a number of sides including Manchester United, Barcelona, Inter Milan, Marseille and Auxerre.
After retiring in 2003, he made a successful switch into management with Bordeaux, leading them to a domestic double in the 2008/9 season.
This year, they threw away a nine-point lead in the league allowing Marseille to take the title.
Blanc is likely to be a popular figure when he takes over, given the criticism Domenech – who will oversee Group A games against South Africa, Mexico and Uruguay – has received while in the post.