Kaetlyn Osmond is looking to follow up her gold medal at Skate Canada International earlier this season and leads after Friday's ladies' short program at the Grand Prix of Figure Skating's Internationaux de France.
Maria Sotskova of Russia turned in a season-best 67.79 to sit in second place, while Japan's Yuna Shiraiwa is third heading into Saturday's free skate at 66.05.
Still aiming for a spot in the Grand Prix Final, Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje are fifth after the ice dance short program with a score of 68.94, well off their personal-best 77.47 set when they earned silver at Skate Canada International last month.
World junior champion Alina Zagitova recovered from a disappointing performance in the short program with a series of flawless jumps in the free to win the Internationaux de France on Saturday and qualify for the Grand Prix final.
The 15-year-old Russian, who won the Cup of China earlier this month, stood fifth after the short program following a stumble on her combination and a fall on her triple Lutz. Performing to "Don Quixote," she delivered a superb free program to turn things around, landing all her jumps including a triple Lutz-triple loop combination and a double axel-triple toe.
Zagitova posted a season's best free skate score of 151.34, winning with an overall total of 213.80 points.
"I was not very pleased with my short program, because not everything worked out, but I am pleased with the free skating, because I did everything to the maximum," Zagitova said. "Today was a new day, I started from scratch and tried to go out with a cool head."
The Spanish skater Javier Fernandez finished the free program of the French Grand Prix in second place behind the Japanese Shoma Uno, and won the race to maintain options to play the final of the Grand Prix of Nagoya (Japan) to be held between 7 and on December 10.
The Spanish climbs to the 4th place of the general with 20 points, the same as Mishe Ge and Alexander Samarin. One (28), Mikhail Kolyada (26) and Jason Brown (22) have more points than Fernandez and, like him, have already participated in his two scoring events.
The problem for Javier is that rivals like Nathan Chen (15), Sergei Voronov (15), Boyang Jin (13) or Adam Rippon (13) still have to compete in their second test, the Lake Placid GP (USA). 24-26 November), the last appointment that will finish defining the six finalists for Nagoya.
With a final score of 283.71 points, Javier Fernández reached the first position with a difference of 10 over Shoma Uno, which could only surpass the Spanish skater in the free program.
The good performance on Friday of Fernandez in the short program, which achieved its best score this season after reaching 107'86, allowed Javier Fernandez to win the Grand Prix of France after his erratic participation in China.
That sixth place he won in Beijing reduced many of his options to perform in the Nagoya Grand Final. He had to win in France and then wait for the slip of other skaters in the Skate America, which will close the competition.
Watching Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron skate in practice, many believed that the team would set a new world record this week in Grenoble. The French masters fulfilled that prophecy in the free dance Saturday afternoon.
Displaying a deep and moving rendering of Ludwig van Beethoven's "Moonlight Sonata," the two-time world champions broke the world records they set just two weeks ago at Cup of China -- both for free dance score and total score -- en route to winning the gold at the 2017 Internationaux de France.
Papadakis and Cizeron floated over the ice, immediately taking their audience on a heavenly journey only they knew about, one made of all the emotions human beings can have: beauty, hope, dreams -- and, yet, also finitude. Their opening twizzles were not only synchronized but bore a meaning, the specific and original tempo of each one signifying a part of the journey.
Their trademark curve lift, as Cizeron takes a grand plié spread eagle position to carry his partner, was magical. Their combination spin took them from pure smoothness to fierce temper and energy, as if they were struggling together, along with their audience. At the end of their routine, the judges awarded them a Level 4 for their three lifts, spin and twizzles, as well as for their circular step sequence. Their midline step sequence was rated a Level 3.