The sides - who duelled out a 26-19 win in favour of les Bleus - have swapped places in today's new Rankings, with Bernard Laporte's men now fourth, and the Irish in fifth.
If Eddie O'Sullivan's charges had lost by 15 points against the French - they would have slipped to sixth.
As it is, World champions England remain in sixth, despite their 39-7 defeat of Italy on Saturday, while Six Nations Grand Slam hopefuls Wales -46-22 conquerors of Scotland - stay in seventh.
Former Leinster coach Matt Williams watched his Scots improve in the second-half at Murrayfield yesterday, scoring three tries but they still drop to tenth in the Rankings, with Fiji assuming ninth place.
NEW IRB WORLD RANKINGS: Released Monday, March 14
(1) New Zealand 90.90 Ranking points(2) Australia 88.58