Marc Lievremont's side won the coin toss to determine who would be the 'home' side for Sunday's showdown at Eden Park in Auckland, but Les Bleus' coaching member Jo Maso opted to allow the hosts to wear their famous all-black kit.
Despite Maso's generous decision, Lievremont believes that it could be the wrong move.
"I'm sure some of my players feel sorry about that," he said. "They would obviously have wanted to deprive the All Blacks of their preferred playing kit."
Sunday's match is a repeat of tournament's inaugural 1987 final.