Rugby World Cup: World media reacts after All Blacks downed by red-hot France in tournament opener

The three-time Rugby World Cup champion All Blacks have been handed their first pool stage defeat by a sizzling French side in Paris.

France ran in two tries and made an ill-disciplined New Zealand outfit pay for a lopsided penalty count from the tee.

Here's how the rugby world is reacting.

Look out world: below-par France far too strong for All Blacks - By Alex Lowe of The Times

"This was a reality check for the All Blacks, whose aura has gone. France won without Dupont having to shine, which is a statement in itself from the hosts on the opening night of their big event."

France hand the All Blacks their first-ever Rugby World Cup pool stage defeat - By Planet Rugby

"It was an absorbing contest in the heat as New Zealand battled bravely but, in the end, couldn't live with France, who wore them down to seal the win."

Penaud inspires France to winning start at Rugby World Cup against All Blacks - By Robert Kitson of The Guardian

"While New Zealand might also have won each of their last three World Cup meetings with France, this felt like a very different kettle of poisson. 

"But, overall, what a promising appetiser this was for the rest of the tournament." 

France hand All Blacks historic Rugby World Cup defeat - By Finn Morton of RugbyPass

"All Blacks coach Ian Foster labelled France as 'one of the clear tournament favourites' ahead of Friday's Rugby World Cup opener, and Les Bleus more than lived up to that label. 

"Playing in front of a vibrant crowd at Stade de France, France made the All Blacks pay for failing to turn pressure into points as they recorded a somewhat dominant 27-13 win at Stade de France."

Hosts start competition with hard-fought victory in battle of the favourites as All Blacks lose pool game for the first time ever - By Chris Foy of the Daily Mail 

"In nine previous World Cups, no other country had ever lowered the colours of the All Blacks in the round-robin phase, so that feat alone was something to cherish." 

France achieves statement win over New Zealand in Rugby World Cup opener - By AP

"For three-time champion New Zealand it was another stinging reverse after a humiliating 35-7 loss to defending champion South Africa two weeks ago in the final warmup game."