Thomas Bjorn's side recovered from their 3-1 morning fourballs defeat to lead 5-3 at the end of day one at Le Golf National.
Henrik Stenson and Justin Rose beat Dustin Johnson and Rickie Fowler 3&2.
Rory McIlroy recovered from a nightmare fourballs showing to combine with Ian Poulter and beat Bubba Watson and Webb Simpson 4&2.
Wildcard Sergio Garcia justified his pick as he teamed with rookie Alex Noren to annihilate Phil Mickelson and Bryson DeChambeau 5&4.
Francesco Molinari and Tommy Fleetwood – the only duo to win in the morning – continued their hot streak to take out Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth 5&4.
Skipper Bjorn said: "We are a team and we do it with all 12. That was the plan through the whole week.
"This was a wonderful afternoon. We go home with a good taste in our mouths."
More to follow.
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