Paul Burke kicked four first half penalties, and converted Paul Shields' 55th try, a try that gave the Irish a 19-16 lead, but the French replied with tries from Guillaume Bousses and Pepito Elhorga to seal the issue for the visitors.
Ireland: G D'Arcy (Leinster/Lansdowne); J Topping (Ulster/Ballymena), J Staunton (Munster/Garryowen), D Quinlan (Leinster/Blackrock College), T Robinson (Connacht/Buccaneers); P Burke (Harlequins), N Doak (Ulster/Belfast Harlequins); R McCormack (Connacht/Buccaneers), P Shields (Ulster/Ballymena), S Best (Ulster/Belfast Harlequins), D O'Callaghan (Munster/Cork Constitution), J Davidson (Ulster/Dungannon), S Easterby (Llanelli), E Miller (Leinster/Terenure College), K Dawson (London Irish).
France: N Brusque; P Elhorga, F Cermeno, G Messina, C Dominici; F Michalak, J-B Elissalde; N Mas, Y Bru, O Milloud, J Thion, L Mallet, J Bouilhou, P Tabacco, J Frier. Replacements: B August for Bru (48 mins), G Bousses for Cermeno (58 mins), J-B Poux for Mas (61 mins), R Martin for Bouilhou (69 mins). Sinbinned: Elhorga (38-48 mins).
Referee: G Di Santis (Italy).