"It was very tough the last 15-20 mins, we had worked hard and players were tiring," said Hodgson.
"I am sure Blanc will tell you that both teams were tired - I think they were also feeling the effects of the heat as well."
Conditions aside, England will take encouragement from the way they stuck at their task after the setback of quickly losing their lead.
Blanc, who was quick to point out that England are the top-ranked team in the group, drew comfort from the way his team reacted to England going ahead.
"I think they were excellent for the first 20 mins, I think we took a while to get into the game and, as is often the way, we got punished.
"But ironically that helped us to get in the game - we reacted well. I think we deserved the equalizer."
In Image: France head coach Laurent Blanc shakes hand with Mathieu Debuchy as he walks off the pitch with teammates Philippe Mexes, left, and Gael Clichy, second left