With Ireland's poor return of a solitary point in their three games so far, they were always very likely to face relegation to League C, thereby making their Euro 2020 hopes all the more hard.
Georginio Wijnaldum and Memphis Depay struck as the hosts beat the world champions in Rotterdam.
'There was a team in front of us with a lot of envy and we were not good enough, ' Deschamps was quoted on the French FA website. If the Netherlands can win against France but just earns a draw against Germany, France and the Netherlands would be in a tiebreak situation at the top of the group to determine who goes to the semifinals.
"It's the first time with these guys, I'll compliment them, it's a learning opportunity for us, we're not together for so long, Germany is at full strength, I'm proud of the boys".
"And I do not exclude myself from this analysis".
Holland, who failed to qualify for the last two major global tournaments, have enjoyed a resurgence under Ronald Koeman.
A depleted France arrived in Rotterdam after injuries sidelined Paul Pogba, Anthony Martial, Benjamin Mendy, Thomas Lemar, Lucas Hernandez and Thomas Lemar. "Our eyes remain fixed on Euro 2020, for which we will qualify and where we want to send a strong team again", he added.
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'We had too much technical waste'.
They dominated the lacklustre world champions from the off and were only denied a even bigger win by a magnificent performance from France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.
Former Southampton and Everton boss Koeman praised the maturity of his players.
'I did not expect this group to be able to read the game so well and play mature. Now we have seen a match in which we, even against an opponent like France, start well and hold on to the end.
France, who have now played all of their Nations League group games, will turn their attentions to a friendly with Uruguay, scheduled to take place in Paris' Stade de France on Tuesday night.
Having drawn at home to France in their opening match, Joachim Low's side suffered back-to-back defeats to drop down to the tournament's second tier.