The Cannes Open was first played in 1984 at Cannes Mougins before moving to Royal Mougins from 1995 until 1998, when Thomas Levet won the trophy.
His victory was the first by a Frenchman on home soil since Jean Garaialde won the Open de France in 1969.
Levet won his second European Tour title earlier this summer when he triumphed in a four-man play-off to capture the Victor Chandler British Masters, and will be seeking a third success this week.
Also in the field is local favorite Jean Van de Velde and his European teammate from the 1999 Ryder Cup matches at Brookline, Scotlands Andrew Coltart.
Walker Cup players Nick Dougherty and Steven OHara, both of whom turned professional following the memorable victory in America in August, line up alongside David Dixon, who claimed the Silver Medal as leading amateur in the Open Championship, before also joining the paid ranks.
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