Ryder Cup chasing Stephen Gallacher is two shot off the lead at the Alstom Open de France after shooting a stunning 65.
Marc Warren, fresh from qualifying for the open at Gailes, lies three shots back in tenth spot, on a good opening day for the Scots.
Gallacher started and finished with a birdie in round one and had a bogey-free back nine on his way to a five-under 65.
The Scot had three birdies in the opening five holes but fell back with bogeys at seven and nine. He fought back as he made the turn for home with a birdie at 10. Birdies at 13 and 14 then followed, before he rounded off a good days work with a birdie on 18.
Other Scots in the Alstom Open de France field
Hoylake bound Marc Warren hit a two-under-par round of 69. He opened up with a bogey, but recovered with four-pars in a row. He then birdied the par-four sixth, which saw him leave-par at the turn.
Like Gallacher, Warren birdied 10. However, he gave two shots back at the next as he doubled-bogyed the par-3 11th. He reacted positively again, stringing three pars together, then three birdies. He finished his round off with a par leaving him in tenth place.
Scottish pair Chris Doak and Alastair Forsyth both finished even for the day, and are currently in 35th place at the Alstom Open de France.
Doak made a fantastic start, including an eagle at the fifth. Although, a poor finish spoiled his early work, as he struggled through the last seven holes shooting three-over.
Forsyth started well and was one-under for the first four. He bogeyed the next and was up and down from there on in, eventually shooting a respectable level-par.
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