FUKUOKA – Scrumhalf Baptiste Serin scored a try and set up another with a stellar game off the bench as Les Bleus scrambled to an unconvincing 33-9 win over a gallant United States at the World Cup on Wednesday.
With the United States within three points of the panicky French going into the last quarter, Serin's late salvo helped save their blushes on a humid night at Fukuoka Hakatanomori Stadium.
Setting up Gael Fickou with a third try for France, Serin then scored one of his own in the 70th minute to secure the bonus point.
Replacement prop Jefferson Poirot grabbed a fifth and final try for France at the back of a maul as the Americans tired.
The bonus win put France second just behind England in Pool C ahead of Les Bleus' third match against Tonga in Kumamoto on Sunday but Eddie Jones's side may have few concerns after this French performance.