It looked like being a frustrating night for Les Bleus and their legion of fans but two late goals from Antoine Griezmann and Dimitri Payet put Albania to the sword and helped relieve the growing stress and give France cause for celebration.
With their team qualified for the next round there should be more nights like this ahead, although the French will be hoping things won't be a stressful.
As the pictures and videos from the Paris fan zone show, Tuesday night began with high hopes, was then overtaken by frustration but ended in an outbreak of sheer joy. Enjoy.
And after the game the Eiffel Tower had good cause to join in the celebrations.