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Result: Italy stun France in Six Nations

Italy have secured a 23-18 win over France in their first game in this year's Six Nations.

Italy have stunned France 23-18 to get their Six Nations campaign off to a winning start.

Italy's Sergio Parisse celebrates scoring during the Six Nations against France on February 3, 2013© PA Photos

A strong start from the hosts saw Italy take a 13-5 lead midway through the first half courtesy of a Sergio Parisse try in addition to a penalty and drop goal from Luciano Orquera.

France soon fought their way back into the match, scores from Louis Picamoles and Benjamin Fall helping the visitors to a two-point lead at the break.

The visitors looked to have taken control of the fixture after the break, extending their lead to 18-13, but a Martin Castrogiovanni try put Italy back ahead with just over 20 minutes remaining.

Another drop goal for the hosts left France needing to score a try in the final 10 minutes, but some strong defensive play from the home side ensured their victory.

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