Both side's have endured poor starts to the campaign, with the French yet to win a match in the competition going into the clash.
France were desperate for a win to try to climb off the bottom of the table, while Ireland wanted to put some late pressure on the leaders.
Both sides were forced to settle for just a point as France launched a late fightback to earn a draw at the Aviva Stadium.
Read how it all unfolded with our live commentary below.
4.31pmHello and welcome to Sports Mole's second match of our live coverage from the Six Nations as Ireland host France.
4.32pmBoth these sides have endured miserable campaigns so far, and neither would be expected to be scrapping it out at the bottom of the table.
4.33pmThis match was highlighted before the tournament as a potential title-deciding match. Now, these teams are battling to try to avoid picking up the wooden spoon.
4.38pmIreland have lost back-to-back 6N games for the first time since 2008. They last lost three in a row in 1998. While France have never won the wooden spoon in the Six Nations but were the last team to pick it up in the final Five Nations campaign back in 1999.
4.39pmLast year's clash between the two sides was the first match in 25 years to be rearranged due to the weather, and the conditions are not too much better out there today.
4.39pmThe odds are up against Ireland, who have only beaten France once in their last 13 meetings.
1 minIreland are immediately awarded the lineout, which they win before blasting the ball forward.
2 minRory Best is already towelling down the ball ahead of this lineout, could be a lot of that during this match.
4 minIreland taking their time over these lineouts, but they are working early on. The pressure is on France here, and the panic is clear as they just slam the ball away. Another attacking lineout for Rory Best and the hosts.
5 minIreland's attack is well dealt with by the French, who hold their own and win the penalty. They opt to scrum it down.
7 minWe're preparing the third reset of the scrum now after the front row collapses. We've spent the last two minutes watching nothing.
8 minIreland's forwards didn't get down, so France are allowed the kick the ball into touch from the penalty.
9 minIreland get the crowd going with a well-won maul, before Brian O'Driscoll's chip through for Earls sees Morgan Parra have to clear to touch in his 22.
10 minIreland have another attacking lineout, just 5 metres from the try line.
11 minBrilliant try from Ireland, they win the ball from the lineout, set it, and just drive forward and show no mercy to the French. It's Heaslip who goes over following some great composure from the hosts. Top shunting!
12 minCONVERSION SCORED! Ireland 7-0 France (Paddy Jackson)
12 minGreat kick in tough conditions from Jackson. It's a brilliant start from him and skipper Heaslip, and a perfect one for Ireland.
14 minIreland are well on top, but France have a chance to attack. Huget drops a simple catch deep inside his own half, much to the delight of the crowd, but his responding kick is superb and creates a nice chance for the French.
15 minLes Bleus wint he resulting lineout, and have a chance to push for a try with this scrum.
16 minIreland collapse the scrum and it is a penalty to France.
28 minIreland have won themselves a penalty from the ruck, great play from them. Jackson is lining this one up with a view to restore his side's seven-point advantage.
30 minPENALTY SCORED! Ireland 10-3 France (Paddy Jackson)
30 minFor someone who isn't a regular kicker for his club, that was phenomenal kick from Jackson, who gets it perfectly between the posts from miles out.
32 minIreland on top once again, and force a brilliant turnover. They are given a penalty.
32 minChance for Jackson again, it's near enough in the same position to where he hit his last one from.
33 minPENALTY SCORED! Ireland 13-3 France (Paddy Jackson)
33 minIt's a carbon copy of his last penalty as Jackson extends his side's lead to 10 points. Brilliant from him.
34 minThere is still a long way to go but France are in real danger of losing their fifth straight match. Ireland are dominant. A brilliant kick from Luke Marshall gives Ireland a very attacking lineout.
35 minFrance win the ball from the lineout and have the chance to kick from a penalty, after a trip on Picamoles.
36 minBit of a surprise that no yellow card was awarded there to Ryan.
58 minIt was a difficult kick for Parra, but he slips that one horribly wide to leave the score as it is.
59 minKearney's boot puts Ireland back in the French half. A France scrum is on the way.
60 minA reset is required for that scrum. No penalty awarded.
62 minInto the final 18 minutes of the match, if France could get a prompt score it would create a tense finish at the Aviva Stadium. Frankly, they don't look like doing that the way things are at the moment.
75 minWow what a finish we have here. France thought they had an initial try from Parra when he went over, but the penalty had already been awarded. However, Picamoles took it quickly, and squeezed it over for the score.
76 minCONVERSION SUCCESSFUL! Ireland 13-13 France (Frederic Michalak)
76 minHaving been booed earlier, Michalak converts the kick and we're level in Dublin. O'Driscoll has returned to the field. What a finish we have here!
77 minEarls thinks that he has immediately responded with a try in the corner, but it looks as if Picamoles has denied him. Replays show that Earls was actually pushed off the ball. It's looking like it could be a penalty.
77 minThe referee and TMO are discussing the decision, and they give a drop-out on the 22. France have gotten away with one there. Ireland will feel like they should have had a penalty.
79 minFinal moments of the match, will there be a winning move?
80 minIreland attempt perhaps their final attack, but France turn it over and win the penalty.
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80 minEoin Reddan is flat out in the middle of the field, and looks in some discomfort.
80 minNo time for the lineout for France so they will have to run this with just seconds remaining.
80 minThe stretcher cart vehicle is on the field and we could be a few minutes as Reddan receives treatment.