Former defensive midfielder with several top European clubs. He won the 1998 FIFA World Cup with the French national team.
He began his youth career with Bayonne and Nantes, and he played the first four seasons of his professional career with Nantes.
He began coaching the French national team after coach Laurent Blanc resigned following the team's quarterfinal loss to Spain in Euro 2012.
He grew up in Bayonne, France.
He played alongside Lilian Thuram on the French national team from 1994 to 2000.