France winger Christophe Dominici hailed his side but admitted England are not the same team without injured fly-half Jonny Wilkinson, after les Bleus claimed an 18-17 win at Twickenham on Sunday.
The 2003 world champions went in at the interval with a 17-6 lead, but the RBS 6 Nations defending champions staged a remarkable comeback to snatch their second win of the tournament.
While England's mis-firing goalkickers Olly Barkley and Charlie Hodgson conspired to miss a total of six efforts, France scrum-half Dimitri Yachvili was virtually unerring with the boot, and his six penalties guided France to victory.
"Our fighting spirit was marvellous," said Dominici.
"Even the two tries we conceded because of defensive mistakes did not unsettle us.
"At the break I told my team-mates that we were only being led by 11 points. I knew that we would be able to do something if we held on. In the second half we spent more time in their half.
"Without Jonny Wilkinson this English team has no dimension anymore."
France number eight Julien Bonnaire believes England's collapse was due to their low morale.
"We put pressure on them and it worked," said Bonnaire.
"As the match was advancing we could see in their eyes that they would lose."
The win allowed France to keep their title hopes alive two weeks before welcoming Wales - who have also recorded two consecutive wins, over England and Italy - at the Stade de France on February 26.
Coach Bernard Laporte will announce his 22-man squad on Monday evening.
Winger Jimmy Marlu is set to miss out after injuring his left knee at Twickenham while number eight Imanol Harinordoquy and back Nicolas Brusque should return to the fray after shaking off injuries.
As head coach Stuart Lancaster polishes the axe he will soon wield over his World Cup training squad, Exeter Chiefs coach Rob Baxter has backed Jack Nowell, Henry Slade and Luke Cowan-Dickie to be given a stay of execution.
Italy Under-20s held off a late Samoa blitz to retain their place in the World Rugby U20 Championship on Saturday and head coach Alessandro Troncon believes the experience will have served as a valuable lesson for his young troops.