The young Welsh stars had enjoyed narrow victories over South Africa Schools and England, but the men in blue were just a step too far for them, in what will still be remembered as an enormously successful tour.
The French got off to a flying start, scoring three tries in the first 17 minutes, through Mathieu Rodor, Florent Vanverberghe, and Matthis Lebel, with fly half Louis Carbonel converting for a 21-0 lead, leaving Wales in real trouble before they had even really begun.
Wales managed to get themselves back into the game though and were awarded a penalty try following a collapsed driving maul, with Thomas Lavault heading to the sin-bin as a result and Cai Evans adding the extras for Wales, leaving the scores at 21-7 in France’s favour heading into the halftime break.
Wales narrowed the gap further when the second half got underway, with Dewi Cross scoring a superb try and Evans landing an equally impressive conversion for 21-14.
France hit back well though, as Lucas Porison scored a try and Carbonel added the extras before landing a penalty to stretch things back out to 31-14.
Still, Wales fought on though, and their efforts were rewarded with a late try for Scarlets flanker Dan Davis.
It was ultimately not enough to give them the chance of the win, but this tour will still go down as one of Wales’ best at this level with those important wins over England and South Africa.