Sport in France

There are a lot of sports that the French love, including judo, football, tennis and rugby union. France has also hosted a lot of international sporting events like the FIFA World Cup (1938 and 1998), Rugby World Cup (2007) and the biggest cycling race, Tour de France. They are also scheduled to host the 2016 UEFA Euro.

There are also various tennis events that are held in France such as the French Open, Paris Masters as well as one of the four Grand Slam tourneys. France also is one of the biggest proponents of the revival of the Olympic Games in the end of the 19th century.

Football is the most popular sport in France having 18,000 registered clubs that has a total of well over 1,800,000 players in their rosters. The French national football team names “Les Bleus” is one of the most successful team in the world with one FIFA World Cup (1998), one FIFA World Cup second place (2006), as well as two UEFA European Championships (1984 and 2000). France has also produced many record holders such as Zinedine Zidane who was awarded the FIFA World Player of the Year three times, Michel Paltini who is a three time recipient of the Ballon d'Or, Raymond Kopa who was the first football player to receive the Legion d'honneur, the all-time leading goalscorer of the national team Thierry Henry and the Just Fontaine who holds the record of most goals scored in a World Cup.

The French also love rugby union and have participated in every Rugby World Cup as well as the annual Six Nations Championships. They have won 16 Six Nations Championships that includes 8 grand slam victories. They have also reached the semi-finals of the Rugby Cup 6 times as well as 3 finals. Basketball is also quite popular and they have won the FIBA EuroBasket 2013 top marks and has also taken two Olympic silver medals.

Below are details of sports, sporting events and sports people related to France. See also the list the most popular internet searches for "sports" in France.

Popular sports of France (see more)

Traditional or Regional Sports

France Sporting Success

Athletes from France

France Sports trivia

France at major events

Past sporting events hosted in France

Upcoming sporting events in France

Annual sporting events held in France

Sporting Facilities in France

Other

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