The Frenchman, who was sporting a tri-colour rear spoiler in honour of racing in his home city, won his third E-Prix of the season and extended his lead at the top of the Driver Standings to 31 points, as closest challenger Sam Bird scrambled a third-place finish at the death.

It looked like being a battle of the title challengers, as Vergne and Bird qualified in first and second, but a nightmare lap 34 for the Brit saw both Andre Lotterer and Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler’s Lucas di Grassi overtake him.

There was chaos on the final corner of the race as a lack of energy slowed second-placed Lotterer, who was quickly overtaken by Di Grassi but then hit by Bird, as the German tried to block the faster DS Virgin Racing driver. Despite colliding, the British driver managed to finish in third place and add crucial points to his title challenge, before

Vergne looked in the mood to put on a show for the home fans, as he set the fastest qualifying and Super Pole times, to start on pole followed closely by title challenger Bird and teammate Lotterer.

As has become customary in Formula E, there was a crash in the first lap as Mitch Evans went into the back of Tom Blomqvist causing a first-lap yellow flag.

Bird was waiting patiently for an opening, sandwiched between the two Techeetah cars, and it was lap 24 when he made his move but locked up as he abandoned the attack before heading into the mid-race car swap.

Vergne was a full second quicker than Bird in the pitstop and received thunderous applause from the home fans as he whizzed past the packed grandstands remaining in first place.

Di Grassi had done a great job in conserving his energy through the first half of the race and came out of the pits in fifth position, up from seventh, but with 10% more usable energy than anyone in front of him and he soon made quick work of Engel.

Lotterer has shown in his rookie season that he isn’t shy about overtakes and on lap 35 looked to have done his teammate at Techeetah a huge favour as he moved past Bird into second – getting a nudge from the DS Virgin Racing car for his trouble.

The Brit’s luck got even worse when Di Grassi, who was setting fastest laps every lap, also went past him moments later. 

As Di Grassi poked and prodded Lotterer the German was using up energy fast trying to hold of the Brazilian but there was chaos to come moments after Vergne won at a canter.

Right on the last corner Lotterer ran out of energy allowing Di Grassi to fly past but Bird went hard into the back of the Techeetah car, destroying his DS Virgin Racing vehicle in the process. The Brit blamed a late change of direction by the German for his misfortune although he did manage to scramble over the line in third.

Venturi’s Engel secured his best result of the season in fourth.

Vergne takes a lead of 31 points to the next round in Berlin with just four races to go in this year’s Championship.