Ireland's preparations for the World Cup were marred by a second successive defeat, but they could take comfort from a spirited display at the Stade Chaban-Delmas.
Memories of four years ago, when the Irish were based in Bordeaux for a pool from which they failed to emerge, came flooding back as the French dominated the first half.
Vincent Clerc emerged as chief|tormentor yet again after crossing for his ninth try in nine games against Ireland, while Dimitri Yachvili kicked eight points.
Leading 13-0 and playing like World Cup contenders, France then failed to impress for the second half.
Ireland, strengthened by the arrival of Paul O'Connell and Jamie Heaslip from the bench, sensed the change with Ronan O'Gara leading the fightback.
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