Tries from Marion Lievre, Elodie Portaries and Shaon Izar however set the French on their way, although the Irish hit back through two scores of their own from Gillian Bourke.
But despite their late second-half rally, they were unable to complete the comeback, falling to a 19-15 defeat to leave them finishing third in the table.
Ireland do not have to wait long to go again though with the Women's World Cup taking place this summer in France.
And after seeing his side match their French opponents in the closing stages of their Women's Six Nations campaign, Doyle is eyeing up a rematch.
"We'd love another crack at them at the World Cup," Doyle told the Irish Times. "The girls found it so hard physically - you saw the pack they have - but you have to believe in these girls. They never know when to quit.
"We just told them, 'you've got to treat the ball like a bloody diamond. It's so valuable.'
"That's what changed in the second half. We respected the ball a lot more."