A double from Antoine Griezmann was enough for Les Bleus to beat bugbears Germany 2-0 and win through to the Euro 2016 final, which will see them face off against Portugal at the Stade de France on Sunday night.
France coach Didier Deschamps felt his players' top-notch performance fully deserved the 5-2 win over Iceland that booked the Euro 2016 host nation a berth in the semis against world champions Germany.
A double from Olivier Giroud (12', 59') plus strikes from Paul Pogba, Dimitri Payet and Antoine Griezmann saw France blast past giant-killers Iceland 5-2 and into the Euro 2016 semis, where they will face old rivals Germany.
FC Nantes striker Kolbeinn Sigthorsson got the winner in Iceland's shock 2-1 win over England in the Euro 2016 round of 16 on Monday, booking his tiny nation a place in the quarters against France on Sunday.
France coach Didier Deschamps admitted that it was no easy task for his side against Ireland, crediting his second-half tactical switch for 'shaking things up'. Opposite number Martin O'Neill hailed his players' tireless display.
France may have fallen behind early to Robbie Brady's spot-kick (2'), but a brace from Antoine Griezmann (58', 61') saw Les Bleus claim a 2-1 win over a ten-man Ireland side and book a place in the Euro 2016 quarter-finals.
Les Bleus secured top spot in Euro 2016 Group A by holding Switzerland to a 0-0 draw on Sunday, but could have hoped for a better result given the chances that fell for France stars Paul Pogba and Dimitri Payet.
France star Dimitri Payet talked up Les Bleus' tenacity after the late 2-0 win over Albania that clinched a place in the last 16; his coach Didier Deschamps explained why Paul Pogba and Antoine Griezmann started on the bench.
Very late trikes from Antoine Griezmann and Dimitri Payet handed France a 2-0 win over Albania in Marseille on Wednesday - a result that qualified Les Bleus for the last 16 while leaving some question marks over their efficacity.