Leeds had the better of the first half at Headingley
Leeds gave French giants Stade Francais a run for their money in their European Challenge Cup pool four clash before slipping to defeat at Headingley.
A Juan Gomez try helped Leeds to a 10-3 half-time lead, but Guillaume Bousses went over for Stade after the break.
The hosts kept pressing and were only trailing 16-13 with six minutes of the match remaining.
But the boot of Martin Rodriguez, who kicked four penalties, a conversion and a drop goal, secured victory for Stade.
A late penalty miss by Ceiron Thomas meant Leeds missed out on a losing bonus point.
Leeds director of rugby Andy Key said:
"We should have won. We've left some points on the field tonight.
"It's about improving on our performance week in week out, and we're now starting to put performances together.
"Against a side that are one of the best in Europe, we've run them very close, and not just run them close, but it should have been a win for us."
Leeds Carnegie: Stephenson, Tadulala, Tincknell, Burrell, Blackett, MacKay, Fury, Hardy, Thompson, Gomez, T Denton, Wentzel, Pendlebury, Fourie, Oakley, Titterrell. Replacements: Thomas for MacKay (58), Mathie for Fury (53), Denman for Hardy (73), Titterrell for Thompson (54), Alonso for Gomez (66), Myall for Pendlebury (54), Browne for Oakley (54), Fa'afili for Titterrell (66).
Stade Francais: Rodriguez, Arias, Bousses, Plisson, Phillips, Oelschig, Tardy, Weber, Sempere, Joly, Marchois, Palmer, Burban, Rabadan, Briatte. Replacements: Beauxis for Tardy (65), Bonfils for Sempere (49), Slimani for Joly (31), Pape for Marchois (48), Parisse for Burban (49), Bergamasco for Briatte (29). Not Used: Boughanmi, Dupuy.
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