Pelous told l'Equipe sports daily he had accepted head coachBernard Laporte's offer to skipper the side but said his twisted left kneewould probably keep him out of the Ireland match.
"I don't want to rush anything," he said. "I'm herefor the long term."
The 30-year-old Toulouse player, capped 86 times, has already saidhe wants to carry on to the 2007 World Cup.
Pelous captained France 15 times between 1997 and 2002 and tookover from Galthie when the scrum-half was injured for the last three matches ofthe 2003 Six Nations.
Laporte and his selectors meet on February 3 to name their SixNations squad when they will have to tackle a second-row injury crisis.
Pelous, Olivier Brouzet, recovering from a collarbone operation,David Auradou, carrying a calf strain, and Jerome Thion, suffering from anAchilles
Meanwhile, Lewis Moody will miss England's opening twoSix Nations championship matches after the flanker sustained a stressfracture to his foot.
The Leicester flanker, who stood in for Richard Hill for theopening World Cup matches when Hill was recovering from injury, will miss theFebruary 15th match in Italy and the Feb 21st match against Scotland at Murrayfield. The World Cup winner should be back in contention for the Irelandmatch at Twickenham March 6.
Moody, 25, has won 24 England caps, the last as a replacement inNovember's World Cup final victory over Australia.
Head coach Clive Woodward's injury list also includes JonnyWilkinson and centres Mike Catt, Mike Tindall and Ollie Smith.
All bar Wilkinson are doubtful for the Six Nations, but StuartAbbott returns to action this weekend for London Wasps after a month-longlay-off.