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Carter makes first appearance in Paris

Dan Carter is set to make his debut for his Paris Racing club on December 12 against Northampton at Colombes.

Having arrived in Paris this week, Carter made his first appearance in front of the media on Friday and said he was keen to finish his career seeing if he could win more titles.

New Zealanders followed with interest France's Top 14 and the European Cup, he said.

"The prospect of playing in the new stadium, the Arena, which will be a magnificent stadium, counted in my decision.

"From 2009 when I was in Perpignan I knew that I would return to France. I love the culture, the food, the way of life here," he said.

Carter added that what former England first five-eighths Jonny Wilkinson had achieved in France with Toulon had been a factor in his decision.

"He revived his career to finish off and I would like to try a similar path."

Having been a two-time World Cup winner during his 112 Test match career with the All Blacks while also winning eight Tri Nations or Rugby Championship titles along with several Super Rugby titles, Carter had already enjoyed a successful career.

His stay in France would be different to his time at Perpignan.

"It was six years ago, I came for six months. This time it's completely different. I am here for a much longer period and I do not have to play for the All Blacks. I will focus only on the club," he said.

"I have celebrated winning the World Cup and now that chapter is closed. I look forward to playing with Racing to meet this new challenge," he said.

While a little tired from the travel and the time adjustment, Carter said he was mentally very fresh.

During his time in France he was looking forward to learning the language.

"One of the reasons my wife and I brought our two children was to immerse ourselves in French culture and to integrate and enjoy life to the full.

"I am very interested in fashion and have already checked the dates of fashion parades," he said.

Club coach Laurent Labit said he was looking forward to Carter's contribution to the club, especially since he was at the top of the game which would only make the club stronger.

The club is also looking forward to the opening of their new stadium and were confident that Carter would repay the investment in him through merchandising, ticket sales and other activities.

Carter will be presented to club fans at halftime in this weekend's game with Stade Toulousain.