Full-back Brice Dulin scored a try from the last attack of an astonishing game as France knocked out Wales 32-30 to deny the visitors a Grand Slam while keeping their hopes of winning the Champions League title alive. Six Nations.
Wales, at 13 men, led by 10 points with three minutes remaining against France, who were at 14 men.
Then France captain Charles Ollivon moved on for a converted try of just three.
The French kept the race going, receiving a penalty at the last minute of regulation time.
They traveled 60 yards on the pitch with several intense phases and released an unmarked Dulin on the left for a winning try in the 82nd minute of play in an empty Stade de France.
“What an incredible scenario. This team believed in its lucky star, ”said Fabien Galthie, moved coach of France.
“The players believe in themselves, they know how much these fans in front of their televisions support them. “
For Wales it was agony, missing a 13th Grand Slam record and a second Six Nations title in three years.
They are still top of the table but the title will be decided in Paris on Friday when France host Scotland in a game that was postponed last month.
“It’s a pretty numb feeling,” Wales coach Wayne Pivac said.
“The boys made a fantastic effort. This was not the case.
“The players were so close and yet so far. It is a difficult time, but we must be proud of the effort.
“Going from a Grand Slam to the six-day wait is frustrating, but there’s nothing we can do now other than sit back and watch next week. “
To win a first Six Nations title in 11 years, France need another bonus point victory and must cancel a 20 point differential.
The most experienced Welsh side of all time, with almost 1,000 caps, comfortably handled the pre-tournament favorites by scoring three tries with perfection off the tee of No 10 Dan Biggar.
But under sustained pressure, Wales’ No.8 Taulupe Faletau and full-back Liam Williams were sentenced with eight minutes remaining.
France had shot a man moments before when lock Paul Willemse was kicked out for the mind-blowing Wyn Jones accessory.
But inspired by Ollivon, the French stayed focused and shattered Wales in a dramatic way.