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Instead it was Ireland who handed Brian O'Driscoll the perfect send off, triumphing 22-20 in Paris as France finished fourth overall in an extremely tight table.
But while France again missed out on the trophy, Saint-Andre insists they are heading in the right direction.
"We created a lot of opportunities and took some. However, at the highest level the end result can be cruel," he said.
"We are better than last year, we have won three of our five matches and we are building something.
"We can win the World Cup. We are growing and on the right path. They gave both me and the spectators real pleasure with their performance against the Irish.
"We are a young team and working really hard to iron out some things that aren't right but we are getting there."