A draw on Friday night would not have been a disaster for France, but getting over that first hurdle with three points in the bag will allow the hosts to play more freely in their upcoming matches.
Olivier Giroud headed home from Dimitri Payet’s cross just before the hour for France, only for Bogdan Stancu to equalise from the penalty spot.
Man of the match Payet, however, drove a venomous strike into the top corner one minute from time to give France all three points.
And fullback Patrice Evra says: “France had not played a competitive game in two years, there was a lot of apprehension.
“There was pressure because it was the opening game, because everyone wanted to do well. I liked our mindset. We can’t win like this every time but that was beautiful.”
According to Evra, Les Bleus are now ready to rumble when they take on Albania on Wednesday in Marseille.
He says: “Now we will be able to come loose against Albania.”