Paris St Germain will begin the defense of their Ligue 1 title against the 2011/12 champions Montpellier at Stade de la Mosson.

PSG, who captured their third championship after finishing 12 points clear of rivals Marseille, will face Montpellier in the competition opener on Friday, August 9.

Newly-promoted Monaco, who have been boosted by the big-money signings of Radamel Falcao, Joao Moutinho and James Rodriguez so far this summer, begin their campaign at Bordeaux and will face south-coast rivals Marseille on Sunday, September 1.

Claudio Ranieri's side will face the champions at the Parc des Princes on the sixth matchday - Sunday September 22 - while the first Le Classique between Marseille and PSG will take place on Sunday, October 6.

Full opening weekend fixtures: Ajaccio v Saint-Etienne, Bordeaux v Monaco, Evian v Sochaux, Guingamp v Marseille, Lille v Lorient, Lyon v Nice, Montpellier v PSG, Nantes v Bastia, Rennes v Reims, Valenciennes v Toulouse.