Hidalgo, who had been ill for a number of years, died "of natural causes" at home in Marseille, his family told radio station France Info.
We are saddened to report the passing of former French national team manager Michel Hidalgo at the age of 87.
In his playing career he won the Ligue 1 title on three occasions - with Reims in 1955, and twice with Monaco in 1961 and 1963, along with the Coupe de France in 1960 and 1963 with the principality club.More news: Major coral bleaching at Barrier Reef
Before the 1978 finals in Argentina, Hidalgo and his wife escaped a kidnapping attempt. It was the team's first major title.
In front of bleus imposed an offensive and colorful vision of the game, which led the team to the semifinals of the World Cup in Spain 1982, where he fell in a dramatic penalty shootout against Germany.
Hidalgo made way for his assistant Henri Michel after the final, but remains a major figure in the history of French football as the architect of the "carré magique" (magic square): the supremely-creative four-man midfield of Platini, Alain Giresse, Jean Tigana and Luis Fernandez which dazzled the world.More news: Katrina Kaif stole my idea: Deepika Padukone takes a jab
Luis Fernandez replaced Genghini in midfield at Euro 1984, where Platini scored nine goals in five matches to lead the Bleues to their first worldwide title.
'Today we learn with enormous sadness and deep emotion of the death of Michel Hidalgo, ' FFF president Noel Le Graet said on the official Federation website.
Hidalgo will be remembered as a coach beloved by his players and one who ushered in a new era of French football, building the foundation for future success.More news: Leaked OnePlus 8 Pro press render provides first look at green variant