Toulouse boss Guy Novès will replace Philippe Saint-André as France coach after the next World Cup.
After interviewing eight candidates earlier this month, the FFR decided to give the job to Novès, who is expected to be assisted by current French forwards coach Yannick Bru and Stade Français backs coach Jean-François Dubois.
Novès will therefore leave Toulouse after more than two decades at the club, during which time they have won ten Top 14 titles and four European Cups.
Novès has signed a four-year contract through to the 2019 World Cup in Japan, and beats out the likes of Sir Clive Woodward and Raphael Ibanez, who were also in contention for the role.
"The nomination process with an appeal for candidates, which was unprecedented to become France coach, allowed us to increase the field of candidates," said FFR president Pierre Camou.
"I would like to thank the eight candidates who were interviewed, who all demonstrated their passion for the national team, as well as the six members of the commission, for the high quality of the exchanges during our discussions.
"With Guy Novès, the FFR will be able to count on his passion but also his ability and the greatest record in the history of French rugby."
"I'm very pleased and proud to have been nominated," said Novès.
"To be in charge of the French team and represent your country is both a great honour and a great responsibility. I'm the first supporter of the French team and I hope they have a great World Cup with all my heart."