France beat Slovenia 35:31 (16:14) in derby match of Group B in Krakowice.
The French team had +7 in the 49th minute (29:22), but Slovenians managed to come back and even had attack for -2 few minutes before the final whistle.
Kentin Mahe and Nedim Remili netted seven goals each for the winners, while Aleks Vlah extended his scoring gala with 9 goals for Uros Zorman team.
France will take four points to Krakow where Olympic champions will play Main Round matches.
Slovenia – France 31-35 (14-16)
Slovenia: Aleks Vlah 9, Dean Bombac 5, Blaz Janc 3, Blaz Blagotinsek 2, Domen Makuc 2, Tadej Mazej 2, Tilen Kodrin 2, Domen Novak 2, Jure Dolenec 1, Nejc Cehte 1, Stefan Zabic 1, Rok Ovnicek 1.
France : Kentin Mahe 7, Nedim Remili 7, Dylan Nahi 5, Nikola Karabatic 4, Ludovic Fabregas 3, Thibaud Briet 3, Melvyn Richardson 2, Nicolas Tournat 2, Yanis Lenne 1, Valentin Porte 1.
PHOTO: IHF, Rafal Oleksiewicz