All Blacks v France: Rugby world reacts to French victory over New Zealand at Paris

French media are lauding France's emphatic 40-25 victory over the All Blacks - their first in Paris since 1973.

Reports have described the result as one of the greatest wins in the history of a proud rugby-playing country that has many memorable moments against the men in black.

Predictably, social media was full of reactions to another New Zealand loss, while the media heralded a stunning 80 minutes of thrilling rugby.

What the press said: 

France conquer All Blacks thanks to dazzling Ntamack 

Les Blues scored their biggest test win in history, providing a performance full of ardor, skill and flair.

Romain Ntamack's try in the opening half was dazzling and set France on their way to a history-making win.

A real feat. Not so much to win - it has already been done - but to plant forty points for the All Blacks ... We must go back to the semi-final of 1999. Suddenly, two years before the World Cup, the XV of France has marked its territory.

Le Monde
Les Blues create feat in beating All Blacks 

The first victory over the All Blacks in 12 years and the first in Paris since 1973 - what a sweet feeling for Les Blues.

After all the emotions of an amazing 80 minutes, sleep will be soft and dreamlike for all of France tonight.

The first half flirted with perfection, with a desire to disrupt and destroy the black attack after a stunning start thanks to a powerful French maul.

20 minutes of terror in the second half were distinguished thanks to a mesmerising play from Ntamack and a piece of opportunism from Penaud to end hopes of the predicted New Zealand comeback.

The Guardian 
France stand firm to hold off All Blacks for first win in 12 years 

At 37-25 down, there was no way back for New Zealand and France, who had seen Peato Mauvaka score twice either side of Romain Ntamack's try in a dominant first-half display, wrapped up a memorable win with Jaminet's late penalty.

The home side's stunning performance completed a perfect series for France after wins against Argentina and Georgia, and gave them their first victory in Paris against the All Blacks since 1973, two years before they host the World Cup.

UK Telegraph 
All Blacks beaten at own game

New Zealand, having lost out to the Irish last week after being outmuscled by Andy Farrell's side, will have much soul-searching to do as France played and beat them at their own game – high-tempo, unstructured rugby based around a solid set-piece.

With 657 days until France take on New Zealand at the same venue in the 2023 Rugby World Cup opener, this victory could well give the French the confidence needed to kick on and leave their tag as talented nearly men in the past. 

The same could also be said for New Zealand who looked so unlike themselves – particularly the number of penalties they coughed up - and who will need to turn this blip around in 2022. 

The magnitude of the loss was visualised as Jordie Barrett held back tears when his side paid tribute to a passionate crowd at full time

France beat All Blacks in Paris spectacle  

The All Blacks, who lost to Ireland last weekend, fought back to trail by two points with 20 minutes remaining.

But an incredible Ntamack counter-attack followed by Damian Penaud's interception try sealed a historic win for the hosts.

France will face New Zealand at the Stade de France, where they had previously not beaten the All Blacks since 1973, in the opening game of the 2023 World Cup.

It is now New Zealand who will have sour memories of the venue after suffering back-to-back defeats for only the second time in a decade.

Blues leave nothing to chance in beating All Blacks

There was no hesitation, apprehension or even fear. To succeed in their match this Saturday, the XV of France put all their chances on their side from the first half. By permanent physical aggression, the soldiers of Antione Dupont surprised the Blacks. On the retreat, the latter stammered their rugby in front of the tricolor tide. 

New-Zealand's players react after losing the Autumn Nations Series rugby union match between France and New Zealand at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, near Paris, on November 20, 2021. (Photo by Anne-Christine POUJOULAT / AFP) (Photo by ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT/AFP via Getty Images)
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All Blacks v France: Rugby world reacts to French victory over New Zealand at Paris
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