Ireland trail France 17 -13 at half-time in Paris in their final Guinness Six Nations game.
After a an early try from Antoine Dupont, Ireland hit back after 19 minutes with a try from Cian Healy who picked up his 100 cap this evening.
France were awarded a penalty try after Caelen Doris tripped up a French player as he was running towards the ball. Doris was also given a yellow card for his troubles.
Two penalties from Sexton kept Ireland in it, but it is the French who lead at the break 17-13.
Andy Farrell’s side have their destiny in their own hands and know that a bonus-point victory would see them crowned champions in Paris where action has just gotten underway.
Earlier, England beat Italy 34 points to 5 in Rome and Scotland beat Wales 14 points to 10.