The fact that Bernard Laporte was renamed coach is a good thing because it proves they want to work with a certain continuity. However this year will be crucial for him.
Even if he has put pen to paper to a four-year contract no one can be sure of anything and this season will be essential for his future.
Fabien Pelous was named captain as a replacement for the retired Fabien Galthie and once again this shows the team's commitment to continuity.
He is the most experienced player and he has already captained the team. He was also very close to Galthie which makes him a natural successor. Because of all that I don't think Galthie's departure will weigh too much on his team-mates.
France's first clash against Ireland is set to be a great test for them and will help them show their potential, though I believe England, the RBS 6 Nations defending champions and the 2003 world champions, should win it again.
Some of their players have however retired and they have injuries to key players such as fly-half Jonny Wilkinson. But everything could happen in the final tie at the Stade de France on March 27.
Otherwise, I would also keep an eye on Wales who are definitely getting back on track.