Paris - France's most-capped player Thierry Dusautoir retired from international rugby on Friday after a career which had seen him play 80 times and skipper his country on 56 occasions.
The 34-year-old Toulouse forward told L'Equipe he had discussed his future with new coach Guy Noves after not wanting to make a hasty decision in the aftermath of France's 62-13 mauling by the All Blacks in the World Cup quarter-finals.
"I saw him (Noves) this morning and we came to the same conclusions," said the captain.
"That is why I am convinced that my decision is dictated by reason. If I had tried to continue, by forcing it, I would have looked very vain.
"This is the wisest decision."