The side were leading 12-0 as halftime was called with tries from Vani Pelite and Ellia Green to open proceedings, however, momentum fell out of favour with this side as they returned to the field.

Ellia Green stopped a try but the ball was recycled and Chloe Pelle beat Sharni Williams to the line to get the French revival underway.

Impact player Green was forced off for a HIA by a World Rugby official despite team doctors declaring her fit to play and her absence was felt.

France's pressure paid off as Fanny Horta went over next to the posts with the conversion levelling the score at 12-all with one minute to play.

It was going to take some magic to win the game and as a siren rung out Anne Cecile Ciofani became a hero.

In the other semi-final, New Zealand continued their dominance as they look to defend their World Cup crown beating the USA 26-21.

Alicia Quirk, who has just returned to the side from injury, will not play in the bronze medal match, after hobbling off with the injury prior to France's match-winning try.

The bronze medal match will be LIVE on Fox Sports 501 from 12:22pm AEST.