France host Israel having won all three previous meetings with the visitors having managed just two rubbers in total across the ties. The most recent of these came in 1998 when Cedric Pioline and Guillaume Raoux scored victories over Amir Hadad and Harel Levy to set up victory in Ramat Hasharon.
The French side will begin life under Arnault Clement in 2013 after Guy Forget stepped down after losing to USA in the World Group quarterfinals last year. Forget led the team to one title and they made the Final on a further three occasions and Clement becomes the latest player to turn Captain having won the competition on the court.
Israel return to the World Group after a two year absence. Amir Weintraub was the hero in Japan during the play-offs as he scored upsets against Tatsuma Ito and Go Soeda to lead them to a 3-2 victory.