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A strong France lineup had too much for visitors Israel on the opening day in Rouen.
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga needed four sets to beat Amir Weintraub before Richard Gasquet made short work of Dudi Sela.
"It is the perfect scenario because we've got two wins under our belt," team captain Arnaud Clement told reporters. "We will need to be very focused so we can wrap this up tomorrow."
In other ties ,Croatia moved ahead against Italy in Turin thanks to Marin Cilic's five-set win against Paolo Lorenzi.
The United States, who have won the competition a record 32 times, face Brazil in Jacksonville later on Friday.