The present French side can go on and win the World Cup next year, despite a third successive disappointing Six Nations campaign.
England coach Stuart Lancaster expressed confidence and pride in a side who will next face the formidable challenge of a three-Test series in New Zealand.
Warren Gatland accepts he will have to change his tactics if Wales are to return to the summit of European rugby.
Brian O'Driscoll said ending his career with a rare win away against France and taking the Six Nations title was a moment he would treasure for life.
Plaudits flowed for Brian O'Driscoll, minutes after he played his last match - the world's most capped international finishing as a champion.
Brian O'Driscoll heads into the sunset of retirement as a Six Nations champion, after Ireland edged France 22-20 in Paris on Saturday.
Wales finished their Six Nations campaign on a victorious note, beating Scotland 51-3 in a seven-try rout in Cardiff on Saturday.
England kept alive their Six Nations dream with a 52-11 win over Italy at the Stadio Olimpico, in Rome, on Saturday.
Coach Philippe Saint-Andre volunteered to be the scapegoat for France's much criticized performances.
Wales fullback Leigh Halfpenny will be out for up to four months after dislocating his right shoulder against England.