The 30 year old opened his week at First Stage with a one under par 70 but took to the front thanks to a superb second round at the North France venue, ahead of Denmark’s Kristian Nielson.
Nielson was the overnight leader after the opening round but could only follow up his first round of 66 with a one over par 72.
American Kevin Tway, David Callaway, John Chamberlain and Tom Sherreard of England, Irishman Tim Rice, Alexander Jacobsson of Sweden and Canada’s Derek Gillespie were all two shots further back on two under par.
Meanwhile, play in the second round of the Qualifying School First Stage at Circolo Golf Bogogno was suspended due to darkness aftrer an earlier delay in play due to a dangerous situation.
Robin Wingardh of Sweden maintained his lead at the top with just one group left to play after the overnight first round leader added to his six under par opening round of 66 with a three under par second round 69.
That handed him a three shot lead over Dylan Fritelli of South Africa, Scotland's David Law and Peter Erofejeff of Finland, who were all on six under par.