Wales produced a brave late fightback that just came up short as they narrowly lost out 27-23 to Grand Slam chasing France in a compelling Guinness Six Nations encounter at the Principality Stadium.
France fly-half Romain Ntamack's 17-point haul included a try with full-back Anthony Bouthier and second-row Paul Willemse also crossing.
Defending champions Wales responded with 18 points from Dan Biggar including a late try. Prop Dillon Lewis also crossed for his first international try.
Dragons back row Ross Moriarty started the game in Cardiff while Aaron Wainwright and Leon Brown were second half replacements.
Wales are next in action on Saturday, March 7 when they make the trip to Twickenham to face England.