“It was important to start with a win. We were playing Germany, they really riled us. But we wanted this win above all,” said Pogba, who also provided incisive passes for France’s fearsome forward trio of Mbappé, Benzema and Antoine Griezmann.
Löw, who is stepping down after the tournament, sent on forwards Leroy Sané and Timo Werner late in the match, and then Kevin Volland as a last resort, but none could make a difference.
“We threw everything into it and fought to the end,” Löw said. “We were just missing the ability to break through in the final third.”
Germany’s next coach, Hansi Flick, was among the 14,000 or so spectators in attendance amid strict measures against the coronavirus.
Before the match started, a Greenpeace protestor parachuted into the stadium. UEFA said there were some injuries.
Germany next faces Portugal, which defeated Hungary 3-0 with two record-setting goals from Cristiano Ronaldo. France will play the Hungarians in Budapest.
“We have to look forward,” Germany midfielder Toni Kroos said. “When you lose the first game and you have three group games, there’s a lot of pressure. We don’t need to talk about it.”