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Wales stand five points ahead of France at half time, despite missing two penalties.
Fans first observed a minute’s silence to remember former Wales captain and Lions star Mervyn Davies, who died this week at the age of 65.
France put the first points on the board with a penalty by Dimitri Yachvili.
But a superb try by Alex Cuthbert at 21 minutes, converted by Leigh Halfpenny, put Wales firmly in the lead.
Another penalty by Halfpenny added three to the difference.
Wales footballer Robert Earnshaw has sent his best wishes to fellow Welsh sportsmen.
Former Wales captain Gareth Thomas has tweeted his support.
Even former England captain Will Carling has predicted another Grand Slam for Wales.
Wales head coach Warren Gatland
Sam Warburton has returned from injury to captain Wales tomorrow
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Excitement reaches fever pitch as Wales fans across the world prepare for this afternoon's Six Nations clash.
Wales are 80 minutes away from a third Six Nations Grand Slam in eight years. They face France at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday.