Giresse, 69, replaces Swiss Bernard Challandes who was sacked late in 2021 following disappointing results in their World Cup qualifying matches.
“I want with the current team to create a real collective team… to fight in every game, whether an easy one or a difficult one,” Giresse said in a news conference alongside the head of Kosovo’s Federation Agim Ademi.
Ademi said they had around 40 offers to be the country’s coach. Giresse, who won 47 caps as a player for France, has extensive experience of managing national teams having previously coached Tunisia, Mali, Senegal, Gabon and Georgia.
Kosovo became a member of UEFA and FIFA in 2016, eight years after the country declared independence from Serbia.