Record 10m watch France slay Korea in World Cup opener

France were merciless against South Korea in the first match of World Cup

The job done: The French players acknowledge the crowd

The job done: The French players acknowledge the crowd

Some record ten million viewers tuned in to see the Women’s World Cup opening game on Friday as the 24 nation tournament got off to a colourful start in Paris.

The tournament is being broadcast by both public and cable television in France with Friday’s opener, a 4-0 win for France over South Korea, going out on the TF1 channel.

A sell-out crowd of 45,261 filled the Parc des Princes in Paris to watch the start of what is billed as the biggest women’s World Cup yet.

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The France v China women’s match broadcast last Friday only attracted a fraction of that figure, 1.2 million.

All of France’s games will be broadcast free in France as will the final in Lyon July 7.