New France coach Marc Lievremont has confirmed that lock Lionel Nallet will be the next captain of Les Bleus.
Bernard Laporte's successor revealed the news during Stade Francais' Heineken Cup match against Bristol on Friday.
Lievremont said that an announcement was due to be made later in January, but decided to reveal the news after leaks in the media.
"Lionel will be our new captain barring an injury," Lievremont told TV channel Canal Plus.
"We wanted to announce his appointment on Jan. 22 but there were leaks in the media and we are not going to play cat and mouse.
"We regard Lionel as a model player because of his spirit and battling qualities. He is an honest man and an invaluable member of the team."
31-year old Nallet has 32 caps and plays his club rugby with Castres - and he will succeed Raphael Ibanez as skipper after he announced his retirement from international rugby on Thursday.
Nallet was voted France International of the Year in December by the French league and players' and coaches unions.
His appointment as captain marks a further break from the regime of Bernard Laporte who omitted Nallet from the team that lost the World Cup semi-final to England in October.