In 1999 I was fortunate enough to play for Scotland in one of our greatest-ever wins in the championship.
On a sunny day we went behind almost immediately to a Thomas Castaignede try, and there was only one option left to us and that was to throw everything at the French.
We duly obliged and went on to score five tries, one of which I was lucky enough to claim for my own, beat a good French side 36-22 and claimed the last championship when it was the Five Nations.
So, if there is one piece of advice I have to give to Scotland ahead of Saturday's trip to Paris, it is that they must take the game to France.
The key to do this will be to win ball and to go through the phases. Against Ireland, our possession stats were negligible and, although they were better against the Welsh, there is still plenty of room for improvement.
It is ironic in that Scotland have always been renowned for having players who are tremendous at winning ball off the deck, but that is something we have not been good at in the championship so far.
What makes it all the more frustrating is that we now have a back line in Tim Visser, Sean Maitland and Stuart Hogg who have the firepower to hurt any side. But the big problem is they are not getting the ball.
In previous seasons, Scotland have gone through endless phases without being able to finish them, now our problem has been the opposite. But the great thing about Saturday is there is only one team who is under pressure, and that is France.
They are sitting bottom of the Six Nations, have yet to win any of their four matches and have only a solitary point to show from their draw with Ireland.
That means Philippe Saint-Andre's side will take the field with the home crowd demanding a win and expecting something special to make up for the defeats against Italy, Wales and England.
Should the score remain level at the end of the first quarter or, even better, if Scotland were in front, then the howls that will cascade down from the stands will make the playing field a very uncomfortable place to be French.
Looking at Scotland, the injury to Richie Gray is a blow, but it is disappointing Warriors skipper Al Kellock will miss out, with Edinburgh's Grant Gilchrist being brought in for his international debut.
To beat any France side, particularly one under so much pressure to win on home soil, takes something special. They have never finished bottom of the Six Nations and that is something this side will be determined to avoid.
But if Scotland produce a complete performance I have no doubt we can emulate the side of 99 and add another famous chapter to the national side's history.