Laurent Blanc claims that he was snubbed by the French Football Federation (FFF) after Euro 2012.
Speaking to Canal+, the former Bordeaux coach explained how there was no intention to extend his contract and reveals his disappointment with the decision.
"I left because my employers did not want to renew my contract," he explained.
"In a sporting project, there are two people who can decide - the employer and the employee.
"If my contract wasn't renewed, it's because there was no mutual agreement about continuing between the employer and the employee.
"When your employer waits, and waits, and waits, you end up deciding for him. The offer never came."
France's Euro 2012 campaign was marred by media outbursts and behavioural problems from star players, yet Blanc insists that his departure was "not because of the players".
Samir Nasri, Jeremy Menez, Yann M'Vila and Hatem Ben Arfa were all sanctioned by the FFF with Nasri and Menez receiving suspensions.
Now that both players are available for international selection, Blanc claimed that it was up to his successor, Didier Deschamps, whether or not to recall the Manchester City attacking midfielder.
"It's his problem. When you're the national coach, you see everyone giving their opinions - those who are competent, and those who are incompetent," he said.
"And you fight against that, so I'm not going to do the same thing as the others."
France face Japan in an international friendly on October 12 before a blockbuster qualifier against Spain four days later.