Scotland head coach Scott Johnson was left 'bitterly disappointed' for his side who were edged by France in the 78th minute at Murrayfield Stadium this afternoon.
Tries from full-back Stuart Hogg and wing Tommy Seymour recaptured the advantage after two early penalties from French scrum-half Maxime Machenaud to lead at the break.
Unfortunately for the hosts the French hit back early in the second-half, converting an interception try which was ran from their own 22 by winger Yoann Huget. Had Huget not grasped the pass from Duncan Weir, a Scotland try was on - a "14 point" moment as Johnson noted.
Scotland took the lead once more through the boot of stand-off Weir - who looked to have made amends for that earlier pass that went awry - until a 78th minute penalty from replacement scrum-half Jean-Marc Doussain put the French back in front at the final whistle.
Speaking in the post-match press conference, Johnson said: “It’s a game we should have won.
Once again we showed great character, resolve, skill and intent; if you have those things, you have a pretty good team.
“There were really good aspects of this performance and I’m bitterly disappointed for them (the players).
“We’re moulding a set of backs and, if this group stays together, they will be a real attacking threat.
“Lessons will be learned and they will be better for it.”
The penalty count against Scotland after 62 minutes was 11-2 and Johnson stressed that Scotland would look to themselves to find answers to that conondrum while also reflecting that the 50:50 decisions did just not seem to go his charges' way.