France boss Fabien Galthie found the 53-10 drubbing of England "very moving" as he delivered an emotional response to his team's record win at Twickenham.
Les Bleus had not won a Six Nations game at England's London HQ since 2005, but they turned on the style and piled on the most points England have ever conceded on home soil in a Test.
Defeat to Ireland last month could be the result that costs France the championship, but this was a third win in four this year and the biggest statement yet from Galthie's team in this Rugby World Cup year.
France inflicted a seven-try humiliation on their hosts, revelling in each score. They are the World Cup hosts this year, and performances such as Saturday's barnstorming rout will raise expectations.
Speaking to France 2, Galthie appeared to momentarily shed a tear as he considered the scale of his side's achievement.
He said: "I've been coming here for a long time, you realise that... it's very moving.
"We played just the way we wanted to play. We wanted to do this. We didn't know how, but we wanted to do it.
"This place, the context ... it's not a coincidence. We have been working for four years with the players. At the start of the tournament, we weren't satisfied, but we were on the right track.
"The players wanted to do something. We were able to get the game out. The players, the staff, the French Rugby Federation, all the people who helped us to be here today... I spare a thought for them."
Reigning champions France are now level on points with Grand Slam-chasing Ireland, who take on Scotland in Edinburgh on Sunday in their penultimate game of the tournament.
Thank you @EnglandRugby !#XVdeFrance #NeFaisonsXV #ANGFRA pic.twitter.com/lXedPRheLb— France Rugby (@FranceRugby) March 11, 2023