Ribery recently announced his decision to stop playing for les Bleus after missing out on the World Cup in Brazil this summer with a chronic back problem.
The 31-year-old explained that his decision was made to allow the younger players on the fringes of the senior side to get a chance to break into the team, while he also wanted to spend more time to Bayern Munich and his family.
However, Fernandez – who now works as a sports radio host in France – believes Ribery’s decision is wrong.
"In his case, I would not have made this decision like that. He anticipates, he surprises and as I said to one of his relatives, he sided with quite a few people,” Fernandez told RMC Sport.
“He [Ribery] told the people: ‘I'm retiring, you have won your battle.’
“You cannot deprive yourself of a great player but he took the lead, he said: ‘I'm tired, leave me alone.’
“This is pride. I think this decision is firm and final.”
Ribery made his debut under Raymond Domenech in a 1-0 win over Mexico in 2006 and scored 16 goals in all competitions in 82 senior appearances for France.