France were the dominant force in the team events held on the opening day of the International Canoe Federation Junior and Under-23 Canoe Slalom World Championships in Kraków, winning four of the eight gold medals up for grabs.
The first of the country's quartet of victories on the Polish city's Kolna Regatta Course came in the men's C1 junior event.
They triumphed in a time of 1 min 40.74sec with Germany 0.90 seconds behind in runner-up spot and Britain 2.56 seconds off the pace in third.
There was also success for France in the women's K1 under-23 competition in 1:44.77.
Czech Republic finished second in 1:47.20, while Germany were third in 1:48.21.
France's two other wins were in the women's K1 junior and men's K1 under-23 events.
In the women's K1 junior, a time of 1:45.41 proved enough for victory by a margin of 0.80 seconds over Czech Republic.
Britain rounded off the podium in 1:47.40.
K1M Team U23 Worlds. Final. Official 1-2-3 in Krakow - France 89.83 (2), Slovenia +0.89, Spain +2.40 #ICFslalom— Planet Canoe (@PlanetCanoe) July 16, 2019
The men's K1 under-23 saw France prevail in 1:29.83, ahead of Slovenia in 1:30.72 and Spain in 1:32.23.
Two of the other four gold medals went to Italy, thanks to their wins in the men's C1 under-23 and women's C1 junior competitions.
In the men's C1 under-23, the Italians clocked a time of 1:34.69 with Slovakia second in 1:36.51 and Czech Republic third in 1:36.53.
It was the same front three in the women's C1 junior with Italy first in 2:00.44, Slovakia second in 2:09.66 and Czech Republic third in 2:10.74.
Also topping podiums today were Czech Republic and Britain, in the women's C1 under-23 and men's K1 junior events, respectively.
Czech Republic secured their gold medal in 1:48.52 with France the silver medallists in 1:52.06 and Australia the bronze medallists in 1:59.54.
Britain, meanwhile, tasted glory with a time of 1:31.49 as they held off Czech Republic, second in 1:34.25, and Germany, third in 1:35.41.
Action is due to continue tomorrow.