Edinburgh coach Rob Moffatt insists his team have broken the French fear factor in the Heineken Cup.
The Scottish outfit face a tough opening fixture in this year's tournament against Stade Francais in Paris.
But Moffatt insits his team have broken their hoodoo following their first win on French soil with a 13-6 win at Castres Olympique last season.
Moffatt said: "People talk about the fear factor when you go to France but we're not afriad to go to Paris and play. We will obviously respect them but we won at Castres last year and we should have beatren Agen before that.
"You can take a lot of confidence from performances but until you actually win over there, you just keep talking about it. Now we know we can win in France so we will go there believing we can do it again. We're looking forward to the game."
Saturday's fixture at Stade Jean Bouin marks the fifth time in the last seven years that Edinburgh have opened their Heineken Cup campaign against French opposition.
The last time they beat a French side on the opening weekend, defeating Toulouse 23-16 at Murrayfield in 2003, Edinburgh went on the qualify for the quarter-finals for the first - and only - time.
Moffatt stressed: "Our league form has been good but it's vital that we get a good start to the Heineken Cup. Every one of our players has to be on top form otherwise we will struggle."
Stade have already witnessed a change in management this season after Jacques Delmas replaced axed Ewan McKenzie in the Paris hot seat following a poor start to the domestic season.
Moffatt, who succeeded new Scotland coach Andy Robinson in charge of Edinburgh, said: "Whatever has gone on at Stade so far is out of our control, but we are well aware that the French teams can do anything on their day. They can be fantastic. Plus they have two Scottish players (Simon Taylor and Hugo Southwell) who know us pretty well."
As part of the build-up to next month's Cardiff 2014 Heineken Cup and Amlin Challenge Cup finals weekend, ERC has joined forces with the WRU, Cardiff Blues and adidas to develop an annual grassroots community rugby programme targeting young players.
The Ulster Rugby full back, Jared Payne (No 15), has been suspended for two (2) weeks following an independent Disciplinary Hearing in Dublin arising from the Heineken Cup quarter-final match against Saracens at Ravenhill Stadium on Saturday, 5 April.