Incredibly weak field. Paris, even since the addition of the Middle East swing, has been able to put together stronger fields than this.
Prime for Vee's snatching.
I wouldn't say it's much different to recent years. When I went back in 2010, I'm fairly sure Wickmayer, at #15, was the No.3 seed! Of course there will be a few withdrawals if players go deep in AO doubles (Errani, Venus, Hradecka etc).