George Coetzee and ryan Fox both fired six-under 65s to share the lead.
With tournament golf coming to Le Golf National for the first time because Europes unforgettable Ryder Cup victory 54 weeks ago, Fox and Coetzee finished day one with a one-shot lead above a group such as Richie Ramsay, but defending champion Alex Noren faces a struggle to produce the cut after an erratic 72.
Coetzee made the most of the good scoring conditions from the early session, while he also defied the joys of seeing playing-partner and 2012 winner Marcel Siem disqualify himself after the front nine when he had been advised hed incur a 10-shot punishment for lifting and putting his ball five times, wrongly believing favorite lies were in performance.
The South African left from the sixth in a row birdied the first two holes, and he also picked up further shots at the 10th and 15th before his only bogey of the day at 17 ultimately cost him the outright lead.
Jordan Smith looked on course to exceed Coetzee by some distance after he forced another before errors hampered him melts the stretch also birdied the first six holes, and Fox proved the player in the later starters to get to six under.
Fox, son of All Blacks legend Grant, capped a outward 31 with four birdies in five holes and, after downing a birdie at 12 with his lone blemish in the next, he got into a share of the lead with another great putt on the 16th green.
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The Kiwi gave himself a prospect of an eighth birdie of the round when he knocked his second at the final to eight feet, but he allowed too much rest and had to settle for a tie at the top together with Coetzee.
Ramsay carded shot dropped at his 66 because next season, he looks to cement his place in the 70-man area for its Airlines Open, the Scot coming in Paris ranked 60th to Dubai.
Ramsay shares third with Kurt Kitayama and Benjamin Hebert, with 2012 Ryder Cup star Nicolas Colsaerts back following the Belgian closed a 67 in the long run.
Smith was on 59 awake shortly after renowned placing coach Phil Kenyon tweeted that he wouldswim the channel naked to congratulate anyone breaking 60 at Le Golf National.
The Englishman was seven under after 10 and needed five birdies over the last eight holes to give a huge dilemma to Kenyon, because he ran up a triple-bogey seven, but his challenge unravelled at the 13th.
While Noren enjoyed a positive finish to a day on his own return this past year, smith erred at the 17th and then parred the last to round off a 68.
Noren nailed the last putt of that competition from 50 feet to spark scenes of wild jubilation, but the Swede was much less euphoric when he slipped into three around with five to play with until lifting his soul when he pitched for a morale-boosting eagle at the long ninth.
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