France lock Yoann Maestri, now one of the squad's more experienced leaders, wants the whole squad to buy into working together ahead of the Six Nations.
Les Bleus have a new captain in Guilhem Guirado and a new coach in Guy Novès after their 2015 Rugby World Cup failure.
Experienced names such as Thierry Dusautoir, Pascal Pape and Frédéric Michalak have also all called time on their international careers.
Maestri believes that rather than France establishing a leadership group they would be better served all buying into a shared vision of what the team can achieve, after four frustrating years under Philippe Saint-André.
"I don't know if I've got a new status, but one generation has gone and a new one is taking their place, that's what happens," Maestri told the Six Nations website.
"We mustn't get preoccupied with this. Guilhem will be the captain, there are a lot of us who know each other well.
"We don't need a hierarchy, nor a clan, just a common goal: to overcome our opponents and win.
"For me, and for my teammates, the key is a common goal. When you don't cheat each other, when you want to share, you're on the right path."